While Serena’s fans are outraged over Caroline Wozniacki’s impersonation of her, the tennis star has remained mum about the issue.
Last weekend, Wozniacki poked fun at her fellow tennis colleague at the Roger Federer Tour in Brazil by stuffing her shorts and top with padding as a nod to Williams.
The 22-year-old Danish tennis player later lost the match to Maria Sharapova.
Although Williams didn’t seem to have a problem with her friend’s twisted admiration, her fans were left confused and offended.
In an online Huffington Post poll, 40 percent of Williams’ fans believed the gesture was racist. However, 38 percent didn’t see a problem with it. Twenty-one percent of responders could not decide whether or not the stunt was offensive.
“This is an old racist trope about our supposed hypersexuality and sexual abnormality,” commented Twitter user @hazzarDeuce on the Black Voices Twitter page. “
“I know they are friends, but still, inside it does something to me, because we’ve been made fun of for so long for different parts of our bodies,” said “The View” co-host Sheri Shepherd on Tuesday. “And to see Serena Williams reduced to this, I don’t like it.”
“The View’s” Elizabeth Hasselback didn’t see anything wrong with the act.
“I think this is inside stuff that they always do,” Hasselback said.