I'm astonished that there are people who can look at this and not see why it's racist. I mean, for a white woman to mock a black woman by drawing attention to her relatively larger secondary sexual characteristics? You really don't see how that has a racial dimension? You've never seen that used as a racist trope? Really?
Just because you're oblivious to something doesn't mean it doesn't exist, people. This is a thing. A racist thing. Whether Wozniacki meant it to be or whether she, too, was just being oblivious (far more likely IMO), it's still racist. Unintentional racism committed through ignorance is still racism.
I totally understand this, I really do, but I ask again, which is more racist? You have a group of people who are friends even though competitors, they regularly mock each other, the group is mainly white with one member, the most famous one, is black, the mocking stuff is a bonding exercise, is it more racist to leave out the black member because you don't want to be seen as racist, or more racist to include her with the inevitable claim you are racist by mocking her?
Would it have been more acceptable if there was another black player who was as slim and slender as Wozniacki to pad herself out, or would that player have been also accused of being a racist, and a worse racist to boot because she was black?
If you were in this group of tennis players and you were at this charity match where the players always come out and mock one of their fellow players, how would you represent Serena Williams? Or is the answer, because she is black she can never be mocked and never be part of the group of her fellow tennis players because of the optics?
I wanted to find more images of black female tennis players, I'm not a follower of tennis I just see the stars shown at the time of big tournaments, and here's the up and coming star, apparently, of US tennis, Taylor Townsend.
With this controversy, is this woman now doomed also to be left out of future charity tournaments, or left to play the straight man forever? And if her curves aren't as sexy as Serena's, hard to tell, and towels are stuffed around someone's waist instead to indicate a fat person, will that be racist too?
As I said, I can understand the argument that what was done was racist irrespective of the motivations of Wozniacki and the friendship between her and Serena, but you sure have isolated Williams that way.
Edited by Fragile Bird, 12 December 2012 - 08:23 AM.