Serena Williams announced her engagement with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanion in a rather poetic way and in good humor with a cartoon of the couple.
The post featured a drawing of Snoo, Reddit’s mascot, who was dressed as Ohanion kneeling with a diamond in his hand, proposing to a female Snoo, dressed as Williams in a tennis skirt, top and a headband.
The 35-year-old athlete wrote, “I came home/A little late/Someone had a bag packed for me/And a carriage waited. Destination: Rome/To escort me to my very own ’charming’/Back to where our stars first collided/And now it was full circle/At the same table we first met by chance/But by choice/ Down on knee/He said 4 words/And I said yes.”
Ohanion also responded to the Reddit post, “And you made me the happiest man on the planet.”
The 33-year-old announced the news on Facebook linking Serena’s Reddit post.
While many people congratulated the couple with messages of support and good wishes, there was a plethora of racial reactions on social media platforms, criticizing William, the most famous African American athlete, for getting engaged to a white man.
Serena Williams fed y'all that black girl magic shit and went and married a white man? pic.twitter.com/Zews1VY2VQ— . (@TerryLee__) December 29, 2016
Serena was in Beyoncé video telling y'all to be strong & leave your black king then went home to her white man?— . (@TerryLee__) December 29, 2016
Serena Williams has been linked to every Black man in the industry and she turns around and marries the white devil. I can't.— YOGI (@yogihoagie) December 29, 2016
Serena Williams is still a great women in African A... — Not anymore https://t.co/vS0f7VEXwQ— Nov 18. (@speakinmytruth) December 30, 2016
White men are the most evil people on the planet and y'all be ready in a heart beat to marry them. Fuck outta here.— Nov 18. (@speakinmytruth) December 29, 2016
BM: "white girls are evolving. You black girls better watch out!"— Saki (@MrBenibo) December 29, 2016
BW: *ignores them* *happily marries white man*
Some users had suspected early that Williams would receive such nasty feedback:
Tennis Superstar Serena Williams marrying a white man?— Ol' QWERTY Bastard (@TheDiLLon1) December 29, 2016
That information might cause a.... racket. pic.twitter.com/WEP2vDiDAw
Media and millennial snowflakes begin criticizing Serena Williams for becoming engaged to a white guy in 5,4,3,2,1........— dave smith (@davesportsgod) December 29, 2016
Sane users came to rescue the tennis star, letting people know that interracial marriage is common; they should let her live as long as she is happy.
nothing wrong with serena getting engaged to a white guy same way there's nothing wrong w/ a black sports star marrying a white/mixed girl.— William (@willntim) December 30, 2016
People are criticising Serena Williams for getting engaged to a white guy?!Did we go back to the 20's & no one told me?!Can I still vote?!?!— ❤️~Trin~✌️️🌎 (@TrinnArtist) December 30, 2016
It doesn't matter what your race is, if you are upset about Serena Williams being engaged to a white guy, you are racist.— ubernessinfinite (@iamuberness) December 30, 2016
Black "boys" are currently slandering Serena on blog comments for being engaged to a White guy. The irony.— Carlton Morton (@MrCouture) December 29, 2016
The couple had been dating since 2015, but kept their relationship low-key. Recently Williams shared a picture on her Instagram with her now-fiancé from a costume party.
Congratulations, Alexis and Serena! People are always quick to judge but don’t let that spoil your moment.