When Caroline Wozniacki stuffed her tennis togs to create big breasts and an ample behind at a recent match, she got several laughs from the crowd; some spectators snapped pictures to post on social media sites, saying it was an obvious comparison to Serena Williams (who wasn’t in attendance). Several news sites are calling the stunt “hilarious“.
But many aren’t laughing at the reference and say it’s a racist caricature of a black woman’s body which shouldn’t be celebrated.
“So a white woman can do something like this, but Serena Williams can’t crip walk to celebrate a victory? Wozniacki stuffed her bra and underwear so that she could appear like Serena. It may have been done in “jest,” but I love how people can can turn a black woman’s body and sexuality into a caricature. However, we should not have the autonomy to celebrate any successes of our own. This is complete bullshit,” wrote one blogger after the photo went viral.
Twitter users have had a lot to say on the matter, as well, but for now, neither Wozniacki nor Williams has offered a statement. So far, the question remains: was Wozniacki indeed mocking Serena, or is that just the assumption?
@WhitlockJason This isn’t the 1st time she has imitated Serena and quite frankly it wasn’t funny.
If @CaroWozniacki imitated Serena’s success instead of trying 2 mock her, she’d b known for something besides making a fool of herself.