Re: Serena Williams Statement
It's unfortunate to me is that the debate centers around "she's right!!!!1" vs "she's wrong!!!!1", when it should be about when and how it's appropriate to express an opinion on a very sensitive topic such as rape. Serena words, regardless of if you agree or not on the general idea she was expressing, were unbelievebly insensitive. 1) If you're going to start talking about rape in front of a journalist, you should first insist with vehemence about how awful of a crime it is. It's a matter of respect for the victim. It doesn't appear she did that, it doesn't seem like the journalist had something against Serena so it would have been mentioned in the story. 2) If you're going to express an opinion about this topic, you should speak in general terms and not refer to a particular case when making your points. It's incredibly insensitive and disrespectful to the victim to make your point with a specific case. 3) The word lucky should never be pronounced, what an awful thing to say. 4) Let's not even start with the virgin part.
Bottom line, it's pointless to try to find any value to what Serena said when it's expressed in such a horrible and insensitive way.
As for the behavior of SOME of her fans, it's just typical of being a fan in general. It's like a religion, you shape all your opinions based on a set of facts that cannot possibly be wrong. In this case, it's "Serena is always right and her detractors are always wrong". Needless to say, if Sloane Stephens had said the exact same thing, the same people who defend Serena would suggest Stephens is clueless, a horrible human being, and is suffering from a mental illness. While it's true some of Serena detractors will jump on this, it's also true that any other decent human being (who is not a Serena detractor) will be appalled by her lack of sensitivity. Thankfully, she apologized so now we can move on.