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An Australian Rules Football (AFL) club had to apologize after three of its players wore full-body blackface to impersonate Venus and Serena Williams, as well as a Kenyan-born AFL player, Aliir Aliir.

The photos were taken last week during “Mad Monday,” a celebratory day that marks the end of the AFL season. According to the Huffington Post, the photos appeared on Facebook on Thursday, and received mixed reactions. Some were outraged and others defended the “costumes.”

The players, who weren’t identified, play for the Penguin Football Club in Tasmania. The club told the Huffington Post in a written statement that officials weren’t aware players “intended to dress in this manner,” adding that the costumes were “unacceptable in this day and age.”

As the Huffington Post reports, while the players have been disciplined and have apologized for the racist costumes, the Penguin Football Club also offered a defense of the players, saying their “actions were never intended to be racist in any way” and “all they meant to do was dress as one of their sporting idols.”

While the term “black face” is highly used in the United States, racism knows no borders.

According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, there have been high-profile incidents of blackface in the country, but despite an increase in public shaming around the behavior, many Australians still haven’t learned their lesson.

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18 thoughts on “Australian Athletes Wore Full-Body Blackface to Impersonate Williams Sisters

  1. Justbeingme on said:

    Mac daddy or what ever the he’ll your name is you are the most ignorant uniform ass hole. You say some of the most incentive things. Like we use to say in the old days if you have nothing nice to say don’t say anything at all. Or do you just make these ignorant comments to get a rise out of people.

  2. Justbeingme on said:

    These white racist people are always either saying something racist or doing something that is racist towards black peoples then want to turn around and apologize . Just own it because they are only apologizing for what they really feel they are not apologizing because they feel bad or it’s offensive. So own your shit or stop saying or doing racist shit.

  3. There is too much shaming and hateful behavior in this world. You can’t conquer ugly with more ugly. Jesus conquered evil with good. Let’s try more of that.

  4. I doubt the white people they love have ever mistreated or disrespected them. Many black have disrespected them, called them names and made fun of the way they look. I doubt they love them. My guess is they love whoever loves them. I don’t see the problem.

  5. Rena Foster on said:

    BUT THEM AUSTRALIANS HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT THE ORIGINAL AUSTRALIANS ARE A RACE OF BLACK PEOPLE REALLY BLACK PEOPLE AUSTRALIA THIEF THE COUNTRY FROM THE BLACK RACE SO WHO ARE THEY TO MAKE FUN OF BLACK PEOPLE AUSTRALIA IS A BLACK COUNTRY AND NOT WHITE LEAVE BLACK ALONE THAT WAS VERY OFFENSIVE AND RACIST AND THAT IS TO SHOW THE IGNORANCE AND LACK OF KNOWLEDGE OF THESE SO CALL RACIST AUSTRALIANS.

  6. Rena Foster on said:

    BUT THEM AUSTRALIANS HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT THE ORIGINAL AUSTRALIANS ARE A RACE OF BLACK PEOPLE REALLY BLACK PEOPLE AUSTRALIA THIEF THE COUNTRY FROM THE BLACK RACE SO WHO ARE THEY TO MAKE FUN OF BLACK PEOPLE AUSTRALIA IS A BLACK COUNTRY AND NOT WHITE LEAVE BLACK ALONE THAT WAS VERY OFFENSIVE AND RACIST AND THAT IS TO SHOW THE IGNORANCE AND LACK OF KNOWLEDGE OF THESE SO CALL RACIST AUSTRALIANS.

  7. Passing Through!! on said:

    And yet Venus and Serena both love white men and the white folk can’t stand them. This is such an embarrassment the two top black female athletes in the world and neither one of them date black men of their own race meanwhile, white race continues to s**t on them. No sympathy.

    • Why in the hell are you praying for 3 ignorant bigots? Save your prayers, you want to be Christian, for the recipients of this racist trash. Jesus was about love not hate. If you’re a true Christian, that’s the first thing you learn.

  8. Let them come to America and try that crap here and see what happens! Very easy to pull these stunts when you live in such a racist country! We love you Venus and Serena! Thank you for being amazing!

  9. americanize on said:

    Please Australia is a very racist country if you visit there,you will never see the indigious people of the continent they are force to live outside of the city.For those of you who don,t know,racism is global.Black America you have no friends.

  10. Phoenix Rising on said:

    Jealousy. Imitation is the best form of flattery. They are wannabes trying take the sting off that they’ll never be anything more in life than unhappy kangaroo humpers.

  11. Austrailian POS!!!!!!!!!!!!
    That just goes to show these folks IGNORANCE!!!!!!!!!

    Venus & Serena just need to IGNORE these RACIST TURDS and PLAY THEIR DAMN GAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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