This past Sunday, Serena Williams was fined $17,000 for supposedly violating three match codes in her loss to Japan’s Osaka. The referee at the match fined Williams $10,000 for verbal abuse towards chair umpire Carlos Ramos; $4,000 for being warned for coaching; and $3,000 for breaking her racket, according to an article from Global News.
People are basically going ballistic over Williams being fined, and for good reason. The shit storm that has developed across social media platforms because of this incident has been sparked because of the blatant sexism that was directed at Williams in this match.
Williams immediately argued the fines, stating male players would not have received the same repercussions for the same behaviour she exhibited, and she has a lot of support behind her. The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) is demanding equal treatment of players and further for coaching to be allowed across the sport following this incident.
Sure enough, the rage intensified yesterday after Mark Knight had his cartoon published in an Australian newspaper, portraying Williams as a baby, throwing a tantrum on the court.
J.K. Rowling even got in on it.
As did several others:
I strongly support Williams in her retaliation against the fines she’s been given. Williams is the epitome of a female role model, and seeing cartoons depicting her in such a degrading and insulting manner grinds my gears. I believe she is correct in her argument that a male player would not have received the same amount of punishment she has for the same behaviour.
We’ve come a long way in terms of gender equality, but incidents such as these prove how much further we need to continue. People like Serena Williams are the key to challenging this stigma; she is a boss-ass woman and she is fighting for equality while being one of the world’s best athletes. There isn’t much you can argue against her.
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