Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 12/11/12
Caroline Wozniacki imitated fellow tennis star and good friend Serena Williams over the weekend, and it got plenty of laughs. But not everyone was laughing. Wozniacki, who is white, stuffed towels in her chest and butt during an exhibition in Sao Paolo, Brazil, to imitate Williams, who is black. In fact, it wasn’t even the first time she’s pulled this funny stunt, as she did the exact same thing last year, too. Additionally, both Andy Roddick and Novak Djokovic have done similar public impressions of the female tennis star in recent years, too. The gals at feministing.com weren’t pleased with the humorous stunt and even called for a Twitter campaign to get Wozniacki to apologize. Check out their thoughts and the hilarious video below. “Moving on. Saturday, at a tennis match against the blond-haired, Russian, white Maria Sharapova in Sao Paolo, Brazil, the blond-haired, Polish-Danish, white Caroline Wozniacki decided it would be really funny to make fun of the body of the African-American Serena Williams. She oh so cleverly inserted towels into her top and bottom, so it looked like she had bigger breasts and a bigger butt. Making fun of somebody’s body is inappropriate, sexist, offensive and problematic. But given the history and current-day context of racialized standards of beauty, and the hypersexualization of people of color, when a white woman makes fun of a black women’s body, especially in a way that hypersexualizes her and draws on the stereotype of black women’s big butts, it’s racist. Sadly, the audience and sportscasters didn’t responded to the impersonation by laughing, cheering and whistling. Maybe Everyday Sexism or someone else should start a twitter campaign to get Wozniacki to apologize. It worked for Virgen.” Thumbnail via YouTube/Seeyousoon2013
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