Slate Article Dragged For Saying Serena And Alexis “Perform” Their Happy Relationship

US tennis player Serena Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian arrive for the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and US actress Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ian West / POOL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read IAN WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

Slate Article Dragged For Saying Serena And Alexis “Perform” Their Happy Relationship

"Seems like they love each other and seems like the people at Slate are kinda a**holes."

Published September 21, 2018

While most people consider the relationship of Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian to be the ultimate #goals, the people at Slate seem to think otherwise. 

Although Williams has frequently detailed how supportive and incredible Ohanian has been in their relationship — and Ohanian has made several over-the-top gestures to show his love for the tennis star —  Slate writer Heather Schwedel questioned if they are "performing" being happy.

“By the crude math that we use to judge couples, it sure seems like they both won — or at least, Williams and Ohanian are very good at reassuring us of this,” the article read. “On the whole, the Williams-Ohanian family’s online content is extremely cute, but it also feels like a pretty baroque and labor-intensive domestic charade.”

Once the article was tweeted from Slate's official Twitter page, most people agreed the "hot take" was really a "trash take."

After the story received much backlash, Schwedel, who penned the article, wrote on Twitter, “This piece was for a package analyzing a bunch of different celebrity relationships. I’ve found some of the criticism it’s gotten useful and persuasive (some less so) and appreciate it.”

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Ian West / POOL / AFP / Getty Images)


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