Tuesday, December 11, 2012

10835: Mocking Black Body Image.

From The Root…

Tennis Player Mocks Serena’s Body?

By The Root Staff

Well, this was awkward. At a recent exhibition match in Sao Paulo, 22-year-old Caroline Wozniacki stuffed her tennis outfit with padding in what many are interpreting as an imitation of Serena Williams’ body, and “made many in the audience laugh as she swung her tennis racket while displaying her fake assets,” News One reports.

The display strikes us as inappropriate, to say the least—and even more troubling when one considers the ongoing negative comments and mockery that Williams has faced because of her shape for as long as she’s been on the court.

The Olympic gold medalist, however, apparently got in on the joke, tweeting, “Hummmmm do they make Brazilian bikinis for ummm well … Me??” and “In Brazil trying to buy a Brazilian bikini.”

Is laughing it off (and winning) the best approach to scrutiny of black bodies that shows no signs of letting up?

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