Serena Williams, just days after her landmark French Open victory, has made some really unexpected and shocking comments about the Steubenville rape victim in an interview for the next issue of Rolling Stone.
According to Stephen Rodrcik, the magazine’s contributor, a television news segment during questioning caused the tennis star to discuss the highly publicizes case involving the Ohio teen who was sexually assaulted by two high school boys, Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond after an alcohol-fueled party. The girl was further abused online when a YouTube video of her rape was posted online and students made sick jokes about her.
Following is the statement that has sparked massive outrage from Serena’s fans and everyone else reading the news:
“Do you think it was fair, what they [the rapists] 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.”
There is no doubt about the fact that Serena Williams is not only one of the most influential sports stars but is also seen as an inspiration by many. But her recent ‘rape’ remarks have already started to negatively affect her image and reputation. People are expressing their dismay and disbelief over her right-wing(ish) comments. After all, she herself is a woman:
By your words, @serenawilliams, you aligned yourself with rapists today and crushed victims everywhere. I truly hope you right your wrong.— K. Potts (@afbwoman) June 18, 2013
Pro tip for @serenawilliams or others discussing rape: if "I'm not blaming the girl, but…" exits your mouth, stop there. There is no "but."— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) June 18, 2013
We're really disappointed about comments made by Serena Williams. It shows how victim blaming is present all around us.— End Victim Blaming (@EVB_Now) June 19, 2013
Even if Serena Williams issues an apology, this statement would forever remain as a black mark on her role-model-like image.