US Open final, between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka caught a lot of heat, when Carlos Ramos, the umpire of the match made a controversial call, unfavourable towards Serena which eventually led to her being penalized for three violations with a fine of $17,000 by the US Tennis Association.
Serena first received a code violation when the umpire called out her coach for signalling her by hand actions. The second and third violations were for breaking her racket and calling the umpire a thief and claiming she is not a cheater, as she felt accused.
She also said this was a result of racism and sexism shown towards her as according to her, men have called umpires a lot of things and they get away with it because they are “men”. This thought, even if it were true is probably wrong because if men and women resort to verbal abuse “equally”, umpires’ value and dignity would go for a toss. Men and women both shouldn’t verbally abuse umpires but “men do it so I’d do it too” thought doesn’t justify her actions.
An Australian newspaper published a cartoon depicting this incident, which was found to be racist and was slammed for it.
People have taken to Twitter to show Serena support, though some say the allegations were rational.
Well done on reducing one of the greatest sportswomen alive to racist and sexist tropes and turning a second great sportswoman into a faceless prop. https://t.co/YOxVMuTXEC
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 10, 2018
(2/2) When a woman is emotional, she’s “hysterical” and she’s penalized for it. When a man does the same, he’s “outspoken” & and there are no repercussions. Thank you, @serenawilliams, for calling out this double standard. More voices are needed to do the same.
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) September 9, 2018
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) September 11, 2018
— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) September 11, 2018
Gonna talk about #maddiemccann , the ‘sexist racist’ serena williams carton, @UKLabour call for workers to get a slice of the action, @Girlguiding getting into bed with @BritishArmy , green cars, comedy + class plus @TVSanjeev @tvkev dentistry live! And no, we’re not filling time
— Matthew Wright (@Matthew_Wright) September 11, 2018
I think Serena Williams’ claim that having a child is proof of honesty would carry more weight if both Tony Blair and Boris Johnson were childless
— Tony Hawks (@thefridgeman) September 11, 2018
The cartoonist behind that awful Serena cartoon has a long history of racist and sexist work, as do his Australian colleagues. https://t.co/Veid5MLrLW
— Allison Benedikt (@abenedikt) September 11, 2018
Twitter has suspended Herald Sun’s cartoonist Mark Knight ‘s twitter account @knightcartoons over racist cartoon depicting Serena Williams
— Ammar Khan (@makdrive) September 11, 2018
Serena Williams has 23 major singles titles, 14 major doubles, 2 mixed doubles majors. She's held all 4 majors simultaneously. Twice. She's won 4 gold medals, one in singles, 3 in doubles. I can't fit all her achievements in 1 tweet yet people still regularly disrespect her name
— Omar Sakr (@OmarjSakr) September 11, 2018
What’s your take?