White Reporter Has The Audacity To Ask Serena If She Was Intimidated By Maria Sharapova’s Looks

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 02: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates after beating Julia Goerges of Germany 6-3 6-4 in the third round of the women's singles during the French Open at Roland Garros on June 2, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Mike Frey/Getty Images)

White Reporter Has The Audacity To Ask Serena If She Was Intimidated By Maria Sharapova’s Looks

"Part of your apology going forward should be removing Serena Williams off your profile picture."

Published June 5, 2018

During a press event at the French Open, Serena Williams was forced to deal with a sexist, racist, and offensive question about her appearance. 

Journalist Bill Simons of Inside Tennis, touted as the “the most compelling tennis magazine in America," delivered two major faux pas during his interview with Williams. 

First, he referred to the most decorated athlete of our time as “baby,” then he went on to seriously question if she's ever been intimidated by the looks of Maria Sharipova while citing Donald Trump.

  1. To make the situation more cringey, Simons admitted that he waited 14 years to ask her the question

    “I have been waiting about 14 years to ask you this question: After the 2004 Wimbledon match with Maria, I had the opportunity to interview Donald Trump on his L.A. golf course, and he said that Maria’s shoulders were incredibly alluring and then he came up with his incredible analysis: that you were intimidated by her supermodel good looks. My question is: Have you ever been intimidated by anyone on a tennis court, and what are your thoughts about that occurrence?” he asked. 

    “I honestly don’t have any thoughts about that. I can’t say I have been intimidated by anyone. That’s all. That’s it," Williams responded. 

  2. Although Williams was quick to shut him down, people on Twitter were even quicker to drag him
  3. Eventually, Simons' mentions blew up enough for him to realize he should apologize
  4. However, many felt his apology missed the mark (as does his profile picture)
  5. Simons was also encouraged to issue a private apology directly to the tennis star

    Williams recently pulled out of the French Open due to an injury. 

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Mike Frey/Getty Images)

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