Caroline Wozniacki recently landed in some hot water when a video of her publicly mocking Serena Williams went viral. It wasn’t anything mean-spirited or malicious, the clip essentially just featured Wozniacki stuffing her top and skirt in an effort to imitate Williams’ world famous curves. It’s something that had been done on countless occasions before by Wozniacki and others, and it really shouldn’t have even been a news item.
Strangely enough, for whatever reason, some folks saw Wozniacki parodying Williams and believed that she was doing a racist impression. How an impression of a curvaceous woman (something that isn’t race-related) is a racist thing is beyond us – but that’s the way folks felt.
This week, in an effort to quiet the storm, Williams spoke out on the impression.
"I know Caro and I would call her my friend and I don't think she (meant) anything racist by it," she wrote to USA Today in an e-mail.
"(Roddick) and (Djokovic) do it all the time and Caro does (it) and now it's racist??”
Clearly Williams wasn’t offended. Though she did correctly note that the joke wasn’t worth the backlash it ultimately caused.
"I must add if people feel this way she should take reason and do something different next time," she concluded, punctuating her sentence with a smiley emoticon.
Williams right. It’s obvious that the impression wasn’t racist; that being said, a joke is supposed to be funny. If this many people didn’t find Wozniacki’s act funny, then it’s definitely not something that’s worth doing.
(Kudos USA Today)