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Venus and Serena were called monkeys by a Belgian radio station

This is sickening and should be condemned everywhere. Serena is supposed to playin Antwerp, Belgium Feb. 10.


http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/...911598059.html

Radio race row over Williams sisters
January 26 2003
The Sun-Herald


A complaint of racism has been lodged with public prosecutors after a private Flemish radio station Q-Music allegedly described tennis sisters Venus and Serena Williams as monkeys.

The comments are reported to have been made after the American sisters ousted Belgian duo Justine Henin-Hardenne and Kim Clijsters in the singles semi-finals at the Australian Open on Thursday.

Belgian listener Pierre Van Doorne, who is of Martinique origin, lodged a complaint with the public prosecutor in the northern city of Antwerp, accusing the station of inciting racial hatred.

Van Doorne complained that the station's two presenters used racist terms and then allowed listeners to have their say, of which some were similarly racist against the tennis stars.

"As a coloured man, I feel personally insulted with the words of the two presenters but I also believe they incited listeners to expressions of racial hatred," Van Doorne said.

The Belgian equal opportunities centre said it had received a copy of the complaint and was considering whether to take legal action against the station.

A presenter of Belgian's top private radio station Radio Contact was fired last July for saying that Henin, who was defeated in the Wimbledon final by Serena Williams, had been beaten by a monkey.
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Actually, Venus is playing in Antwerp.


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Venus is supposed to be playing here, not Serena
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There are a few anti blacks in just about every country it seems, but the majority of whites are not like a few select nibch of idiots idiots.

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Sorry, thanks for the correction guys.
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Hmmm any comments from our vocal Belgian posters?

Looking forward to the rationalizations and excuses...

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Good for Pierre, I hope they fire them.

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The Belgian equal opportunities centre said it had received a copy of the complaint and was considering whether to take legal action against the station.

A presenter of Belgian's top private radio station Radio Contact was fired last July for saying that Henin, who was defeated in the Wimbledon final by Serena Williams, had been beaten by a monkey.
at least from the looks of it, the @#$#$ are more likely to be punished for it than if it had happened in some parts of the US.

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I hope they receive some sort of punishment, wether you make these comments as a joke or not.
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Unbelievable and very sad. I would hope the presenters in question will lose their jobs.

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Am I the only one that sees that since they were beaten by monkeys, what does that say about Kim and Justine. Humans are supposed to be better than monkeys right??????

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Such comments can simply never be a joke. There is a line and that line was crossed.
That line is also crossed by Kiwifan. Why would the Belgian fans make excuses for the behaviour of individuals? It was not the Belgians on this board who called Serena and Venus monkeys...

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Hmmm any comments from our vocal Belgian posters?

Looking forward to the rationalizations and excuses...
Excuses? There are morons in every society! When YOUR Pres. Lukashenko has said virtually neo-Nazi stuff, were you, MinskLynx, etc. responsible?
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I guess they are fired now?

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