Serena Williams is arguably the best athlete on the planet, but even she has to endure stupid, sexist questions from time to time. As Yahoo reports, an interview with Bill Simons of Inside Tennis recently devolved into a flagrantly sexist conversation in which Simons called Williams “baby” and went on to ask her opinion about a bizarre theory reportedly put forth by Donald Trump.
You can read a transcript of the exchange Below. By Sunday night, Simons apologized.
I have never physically cringed as hard as when I read this in Serena’s transcript. Wow. pic.twitter.com/60wnSWG6En
— Jeff Donaldson (@jddtennis) June 2, 2018
There is a lot to unpack, not least of which is why on earth Simons would sit on this question for a decade before posing it to a woman who can’t even remember how many Grand Slams she’s won. And just for the record, Sharapova’s shoulders do not seem to have ever thrown Williams off her game; she is 19-2 against Sharapova with 18 straight victories, as the Big Lead points out.
Adding insult to injury, the image that initially ran with Simons’ story crops out her face, leaving her backside in frame.
But of course, Williams proved capable of handling Simons. “I can’t say I have been intimidated by anyone” was the perfect way to shut down his question. And late on Sunday night, Simons posted the following apology on Twitter.
I apologize if my awkward ques seemed 2 empower Trump or attack Serena/I SO admire her/I've spent lifetime fighting racism/sexism/homophobia.Started campaign 2 name US Open Stad 4 Ashe/Lobbied long 2 get Serena 2 return to I. Wells/Called out police violence vs Blake/I'm so sorry
— INSIDE TENNIS (@BillSimons1) June 4, 2018
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