People love Serena Williams’ body, white people in particular. Case in point, in a Venus Hottentot redux, Dannish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki thought stuffing her sports bra and panties with towels would be a funny way to mock Serena, who is 5-1 all-time versus the 22 year-old “Woz.”
According to Larry Brown Sports, this is the second time in as many years that Woz has busted out her Serena impression. In December 2011, she stuffed her clothes while dancing on the court to a Rihanna song.
Serena has been mocked by a few different tennis stars in past years, as Andy Roddick and Novak Djokovic have poked fun at the Compton, California star, both calling attention to Serena’s voluptuous body.
No one in any of the videos seems to have a problem with the jokes at the time, but many critics have harshly criticized Wozniacki, calling her joke racist and in poor taste.
Even more interesting is the fact that Roddick, when making fun of Maria Sharapova, who is just as sexualized in the media for her grunting as Serena is for her body, chose to mock the Russian’s mannerisms without the use of towels.
I tend to agree with USA Today’s Chris Chase, who wrote: “If you’re going to be Serena, hit your return with ferocity and glare at a linesperson.”
What do you think? Is this harmless fun or lowbrow humor?