It seems every week a new controversy is lighting up social media, dimming its predecessor’s. This time it’s Serena Williams who regained the spotlight after falling to 20-year-old Naomi Osaka in the U.S. Open final Sunday. But the controversy is not in the loss per say, although Williams’ heated dispute with the umpire over a point penalty did alter the course of the game. The loss the 23 Grand Slam champ was handed pales in comparison to the win that she took for women everywhere.
The gist: Williams called out umpire Carlos Ramos for being sexist after he slapped her with violations during Sunday’s match, including a point penalty for smashing her racket, and a game penalty after Williams called Ramos a thief for “stealing a point” from her. “He's never taken a game from a man because they said 'thief.' For me it blows my mind. But I'm going to continue to fight for women," Williams said. The U.S. open also fined Williams a total of $17,000 for the violations.
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Social media has since been lighting up in support of Williams. Among them, Billie Jean King, a tennis legend and equal rights advocate tweeted: "When a woman is emotional, she's "hysterical" and she's penalized for it. When a man does the same, he's "outspoken" & and there are no repercussions. Thank you, Serena Williams, for calling out this double standard. More voices are needed to do the same.”
“Every single day women are forced to turn a blind eye for fear of being labeled ‘emotional,’ ‘confrontational,’ or ‘difficult.’”