Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki was under fire a few weeks ago for impersonating Serena Williams during an exhibition match. Wozniacki stuffed her chest and rear and strutted around the court to the delight of fans.
Many, however, were outraged and called the spoof racist and in poor taste. Some thought the spoof might in fact be thinly veiled jealousy in light of Serena’s dominating season. In 2012, Serena won an impressive seven singles titles, an Olympic Gold medal, two doubles titles, earned over $7 million in prize money and was named 2012 WTA Player of the Year.
Wozniacki’s recent antics aren’t isolated, she similarly spoofed Serena last year during an exhibition stuffing her clothes and dancing on the court to a Rhianna song; Novak Djokovic and Andy Roddick also got in on the act enhancing their assets with towels to impersonate Serena as they played in a match last November.
Serena weighed in on the controversy seeming to take it all in stride telling USA Today Sports, “I know Caroline and I would call her my friend and I don’t think she (meant) anything racist by it… (Roddick) and (Djokovic) do it all the time and Caro does (it) and now it’s racist?”
I like it that Serena is taking the high road and laughing off the impersonations as nothing more than good fun between fellow teammates and competitors. Maybe, just maybe, we don’t always have to be politically correct and good old fashioned teasing is just what it appears to be… one friend poking fun at another.
Women are often judge unfairly by the size of their bodies, and every pound gained is analyzed and commented on. In addition, if a woman dominates a sport or is too aggressive her femininity is called in to question.
Jersey Girl Sports Fam, we all know that the epitome of a Jersey Girl is a woman who embraces sports on her terms and is not defined by someone else’s thoughts or opinions. She rocks the world…or even RULES the world her way… in heels, flats, tennis shoes, in the board room, on the court, whenever …wherever!
“At the end of the day, I spend my time focused on things to become better and not bring me down,” Serena said in her response to the gag.
That positive attitude- that class- Jersey Girl Sports Fam is what should be impersonated….
Sound Off! Was the gag in poor taste? Or should we laugh it off and move on?
Your Jersey Girlfriend,