Serena’s Controversial Statements

Sometimes, it’s easy to believe that an extremely talented person,  is probably also brilliant in other areas of their lives. But, this is not necessarily true. It’s the cliché of the book smart person who lacks common sense.  This tends to be a running theme for many celebrities today.  They might be able to sing, rap,  toss a ball, etc., but take them out of their bubbles , they usually pop.   It’s amazing how out of touch many of them are.  It can be dangerous, as they are often given a larger platform to spew their (uninformed) views.

Yesterday, Serena Williams, made some disturbing comments about the Steubenville Rape Case, in a Rolling Stones interview:

“Do you think it was fair, what they got? They did something stupid, but I don’t know. I’m not blaming the girl, but if you’re a 16-year-old and you’re drunk like that, your parents should teach you: don’t take drinks from other people. She’s 16, why was she that drunk where she doesn’t remember? It could have been much worse. She’s lucky. Obviously I don’t know, maybe she wasn’t a virgin, but she shouldn’t have put herself in that position, unless they slipped her something, then that’s different.”

I guess she noticed (or her PR) the growing backlash to her comments, because she posted this  response on her website:

“What happened in Steubenville was a real shock for me. I was deeply saddened. For someone to be raped, and at only sixteen, is such a horrible tragedy! For both families involved – that of the rape victim and of the accused. I am currently reaching out to the girl’s family to let her know that I am deeply sorry for what was written in the Rolling Stone article. What was written – what I supposedly said – is insensitive and hurtful, and I by no means would say or insinuate that she was at all to blame. I have fought all of my career for women’s equality, women’s equal rights, respect in their fields – anything I could do to support women I have done. My prayers and support always goes out to the rape victim. In this case, most especially, to an innocent sixteen year old child.”

I always like to scroll the Internet to see what other folks are saying when celebrities commit a faux pas. On one blog, a poster made a good point about Serena. At 16-years-old, Serena was on her way to becoming a top tennis player.  She had to work hard and devote her life to achieving her dream. Serena’s family made sure she had high standards/structure, so she wouldn’t become distracted by negative peers. Serena has lived a sheltered life. It was needed for her to accomplish all that she has. So, for the now 31-year-old,it probably doesn’t make sense that teenagers would be in situation like the Steubenville case. In her mind, 16-year-old’s should know better, because at that age she was winning championships. She  was never an average teen girl. This is not to say all teen girls party, drink, etc., but sometimes they do. It doesn’t mean they deserve to be assaulted.  It’s interesting that she doesn’t criticize the boys for their underage drinking.

I won’t event touch the virgin comment…

I guess with her response,  she is insinuating she was misquoted in her interview. Perhaps, but I fear there was a bit truth to what was reported. Of course, she wants to clean it up. As mentioned in her statement, she has always championed for women’s rights, makes her look bad to blame a rape victim.

I like Serena, so hoping she was horribly misquoted, otherwise another one bites the dust. 

Say it ain't so, Serena!
Say it ain’t so, Serena!

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