Caroline Wozniacki did a rather harmless and playful imitation of Serena Williams during a recent exhibition match against Maria Sharapova in Brazil. Wozniacki stuffed her shirt and skirt with towels to replicate the curves of Williams’ body.
The crowd enjoyed it. Wozniacki enjoyed it. No big deal, right? Besides, Wozniacki and Williams are friends. And most importantly, it was a harmless joke.
But of course, the internet has made it a bigger deal than it should be and scribes have taken to their personal outlets to accuse Wozniack of racism for her impression of Williams.
One blogger on Tumblr posted: “…this isn’t ‘harmless fun’ as one article described it. its racist. out and outright racism. mocking and making fun of the bodies of black women for a laugh? real funny, stupid white girl. real real funny.”
Another blogger said: “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.”
An article on the website www.feministing.com, read: “Given the history and current-day context of racialised standards of beauty, and the hypersexualisation of people of colour, when a white woman makes fun of a black women’s body, especially in a way that hypersexualises her and draws on the stereotype of black women’s big butts, it’s racist.”
Really, people? There are examples of real deal racism floating around all over the place and we choose to be outraged by this? A harmless impression done by a friend?
Let’s use this energy to hunt down real examples of racism.