Adding to her previous U.S. Open outbursts in 2009 and 2011, it seems as though Serena Williams has found a new way to rile up the public. This time, her public opinions on the Steubenville rape case fell quite short of sensitive.
Here’s a refresher on the case: in August of last year, a 16-year-old girl, who had passed out from high levels of alcohol intake, in addition to being photographed in unspeakable ways, was raped by two football players on the high school team. The two were both found guilty.
Williams, for whatever reason, began discussing the case in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, saying the following:
Do you think it was fair, what they got? They did something stupid, but I don't know. I'm not blaming the girl, but if you're a 16-year-old and you're drunk like that, your parents should teach you—don't take drinks from other people. She's 16, why was she that drunk where she doesn't remember? It could have been much worse. She's lucky. Obviously I don't know, maybe she wasn't a virgin, but she shouldn't have put herself in that position, unless they slipped her something, then that's different.
Given what a big star she is one would assume Williams would have picked up a few pointers along the way about avoiding touchy subjects in interviews. Especially quite personal and volatile subjects like rape, and especially if she is supposed to be a role models for girls everywhere.