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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki accused of 'racist' impersonation of Serena Williams by stuffing bra and pants

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

Mimicking: Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki impersonates Serena Williams by carrying towels under her clothes simulating bigger breasts and bottom, during an exhibition match against Maria Sharapova

Caroline Wozniacki has been accused of doing a 'racist' impersonation of fellow tennis player Serena Williams after stuffing her bra and shorts.
At a recent exhibition against Maria Sharapova in Brazil, the former world No. 1 stuffed courtside towels down her kit to replicate the body of the curvaceous Grand Slam champion.
But now the 22-year-old Dane, whose boyfriend golfer Rory McIlroy was in the crowd, has now been accused of racism by some observers.

Prank: Wozniacki mentioned during a press conference after the game that she was performing an impression of her friend and fellow tennis player Serena Williams

On Tumblr, one blogger wrote: '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.'

Humour: The joke was not lost on her friend Williams, also in Brazil to promote the 2016 Games, who tweeted: 'Do they make Brazilian bikinis for, um, well, me?'.

Another blogger pointed out: 'It may have been done in “jest,” but I love how people can can turn a black woman’s body and sexuality into a caricature. However, we should not have the autonomy to celebrate any successes of our own.
While on feministing.com, an article read: '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.'

The day before Williams, also in Brazil to promote the 2016 Games, had tweeted: 'Do they make Brazilian bikinis for, um, well, me?'.

Williams is well known for referring to her curvaceous figure - the day before the tennis star, also in Brazil to promote the 2016 Games, had tweeted: 'Do they make Brazilian bikinis for, um, well, me?'.
In July she tweeted a photo of her bottom, with the accompanying words: 'Hummm I think this onzie makes me butt look TOO big. Ugh. #BigButtproblems.'
Wozniacki mentioned during a press conference after the game that she was performing an impression of her friend and fellow tennis player Serena Williams.
She said: 'I really love the crowd here, they're open and they have a lot of fun.'

Game over: Maria Sharapova, left, of Russia and Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark wave to their supporters after their match in an exhibition tour in Sao Paulo



source: dailymail

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