Venus and Serena Williams Mocked by Australian Athletes Wearing Blackface
Earlier this month, Serena Williams was also the subject of a racist cartoon in an Australian newspaper after the US Open women's final.
Once again, Serena Williams is insulted in Australia.
While celebrating the end of footballers' season, three Australian football players decided to make fun of Williams, her sister, Venus, and Aliir Aliir. Not only did they wear blackface, but also used the charcoal-colored paint all over their bodies to mock the Black athletes, then took a photo and posted it on social media.
The players from the Penguin Football Club posed for the picture during their Mad Monday celebration to document what is a racist portrayal of the tennis champions, and Aliir, a Kenyan-born Sydney Swans AFL player.
Players Mitch Stanley and Matt Chamberlain also wore tennis skirts, and black wigs, in their offensive depiction of the Williams sisters.
The Facebook caption read: "Williams sisters and Aliir Aliir."
The other player, Beau Grundy, used the photo as his Facebook profile picture, but deleted it on Wednesday morning after backlash.
"We don't condone [blackface] and it isn't in keeping with our values," an AFL Tasmania spokesperson said, according to NITV-SBS.
"We will be working with the league and club to get more information and to see how we can assist in providing education to the players."
The members of the Penguin Football club said their actions weren't intended to be racist, and they "apologized for their lack of judgment," reports Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
However, wearing blackface is a well-known form of racial mockery.
According to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture:
"Minstrelsy, comedic performances of 'blackness' by whites in exaggerated costumes and make-up, cannot be separated fully from the racial derision and stereotyping at its core."
Twitter users called out the racism.
This is the level of sheer ignorance we are dealing with in Australia when three Tasmanian footy players decided to do a Blackface stunt to make a mockery' of non-white people @alexisohanian @serenawilliams @newscomauHQ pic.twitter.com/RCD0HZuizS
— This Fernandez Rocks💃🏽 (@HA_Fernandez) September 19, 2018
🤦🏻♀️We have just GOT to do better as a people! My little kids know that's racist, adults don't?? No excuse for this, even in Australia. #Australia #BlackFace #NotOkay #SerenaWilliams… https://t.co/xokHLpe6IA
— AGirlHasNoPresident (@AGirlHasNoPres) September 20, 2018
This is the second time in September that Serena Williams has been disrespected in Australia, a country known for its racism toward Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
Editorial cartoonist Mark Knight of the Herald Sun, an Australian newspaper, created a racist depiction of Williams, following the US Open women's single final on Sept. 8.
Williams confronted umpire Carlos Ramos over allegations that she had received coaching during the match. The confrontation resulted in Williams being penalized a point, and even a game for calling him a "thief," meanwhile, male tennis players have said worse things without penalty. She was ultimately defeated by Naomi Osaka.
How Knight drew her facial features, including large, exaggerated lips and nose, mimics past racist portrayals of Black women during the Jim Crow era.
Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston has come out in support of Knight.
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