Twitter erupts over Serena ‘fans’ who wore blackface to Aussie final
Was this ignorant fan at the Australian Open being hateful and mean-spirited toward Serena Williams, or was this a case of VERY unfortunate cultural ignorance gone horribly wrong?
Either way, when a pair of women attended Saturday’s Aussie final (won by Angelique Kerber in a stunner) sporting black facepaint (one partially, the other in full blackface), it did not go over well on social media.
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— Russell Brown (@publicaddress) January 28, 2016
The act of a white person painting one’s face to pose as black has an extremely bigoted and derogatory connotation in American history — and is considered beyond taboo in modern times.
The gracious-in-defeat Williams has not commented on her official Twitter account. But Twitter is speaking STRONGLY against the women, inadvertent or not.
— Rob (@Schenck) January 28, 2016
@publicaddress So glad you got a pic! Watching on my computer I had to do a double take. Did I really see that…WTF?!
— JDB (@3JDB1000) January 28, 2016
— Outstanding! (@mindlessphotos) January 28, 2016
— andrécarringtonPhD (@prof_carrington) January 28, 2016
— John Q Hanso™ (@Astro_Hanso) January 28, 2016
— WilliamsSistahs(@Gabriellesse) January 28, 2016
— Tamara Johnson (@304TheRevTJ) January 28, 2016
— felicia(@felicianista) January 30, 2016
— Flyy/Lady (@Gem2Flyy) January 28, 2016
Staggering to me that no-one stopped her before she left the house – "Yeahlook, just … just don't do that." https://t.co/MqmT33Il6a
— Steve Smith (@stevesmithffx) January 30, 2016
— Hussein Faroole (@xmoxamud) January 28, 2016