Funny or Racist? Caroline Wozniacki Impersonates Serena Williams

Funny or Racist? Caroline Wozniacki Impersonates Serena Williams

During a recent exhibition match in Sao Paolo, Brazil against Maria Sharapova, former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki stuffed towels down her bra and shorts to impersonate tennis icon Serena Williams.  Well known for her curvaceous bod, Williams is often seen mocking herself and her big butt (even referring to #bigbuttproblems on Twitter).  But now the 22-year-old Wozniacki has been accused of racism by some observers.

Listening to the announcers in the following video, you can hear them laughing at Wozniacki's antics. And many in the media also found in amusing. But one blogger wrote on Tumblr:

'This isn’t “harmless fun” as one article described it. its racist. out and outright racism. mocking and making fun of the bodies of black women for a laugh? real funny, stupid white girl. real real funny.'

Feministing.org concurred with the above blogger in a more eloquent fashion:

Making fun of somebody’s body is inappropriate, sexist, offensive and problematic. But given the history and current-day context of racialized standards of beauty, and the hypersexualization of people of color, when a white woman makes fun of a black women’s body, especially in a way that hypersexualizes her and draws on the stereotype of black women’s big butts, it’s racist.

So, was Woz just having fun? Or was she being racist and/or offensive?  What about when black people poke fun at skinny white girls? Is that racism?  Is an apology in order? Or does the fact that Woz and Serena are rivals as well as good friends make it okay?

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