Serena Williams Required To Wear A Burka For Next Year's French Open
Serena Williams will be forced to wear a burka if she wants to compete in the 2019 French Open, according to a statement from French Open President Bernard Giudicelli on Thursday. Giudicelli called Williams "too curvaceous, distracting and disrespectful to the game of tennis."
Williams responded on her Twitter page, writing that Giudicelli's comment is "sexism in its fullest form."
Fans of Williams fired back at the French Open president, calling him "a racist idiot who will try to censor Blackness at every step" and "a sexist perverted pig who can't keep his eyes off of Williams' booty instead of on the game of tennis where it belongs!"
Tennis umpire Carlos Ramos defended Guidicelli against claims of "sexism" made by Williams, telling Flake News interviewers that "Williams will call any guy who upsets her 'sexist' and that's a big problem. Someone needs to tell her to be quiet and put on that burka for 2019's big game in France!"
Williams has called Ramos "sexist" in the past after he gave her three code violations during her most recent game loss to 20-year-old Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka. Ramos charged Williams with breaking the rules for receiving coaching signals, destroying her racket in a fit of rage, and calling him "a thief."
The star-tennis player has publicly asserted that the true reason Ramos issued her a violation for calling him a "thief" is directly reflective of his own sexism.
“I’ve seen other men call other umpires several things,” she said in a press conference. “I’m here fighting for women’s rights and for women’s equality and for all kinds of stuff. For me to say ‘thief’, and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark. He’s never taken a game from a man because they said ‘thief’."
In late August, Giudicelli announced that Williams' Black Panther-inspired outfit would be banned from the 2019 French Open. He said in an interview with the UK-based newspaper The Independent that "I believe we have sometimes gone too far. Serena’s outfit this year, for example, would no longer be accepted. You have to respect the game and the place."
On Thursday, Giudicelli announced that Williams, along with all the other female pro tennis players, will be required to wear burkas at next year's French Open.
"To stand in solidarity with our Muslim population, all the women at the 2019 French Open will wear burkas," said Guidicelli. "And anyone who opposes this decision is Islamophobic. I'm looking at you, Serena Williams."
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