A few days ago news broke that French Tennis Federation President, Bernard Giudicelli, announced some changes were going to be put in place concerning the dress code at the French Open next year. The “changes” would prevent Serena from wearing her Wakandan themed black catsuit which was created by Nike to help her out with her blood clots when she played on the court.
According to Giudicelli the reasoning for his new rule change, “One must respect the game and the place.”
So here’s the piping hot question we want to know. What about Serena’s outfit deems it unsuitable and disrespectful to the game itself? And how does it take it to far? This seems like a classic case of misogynoir against Serena.
Serena’s already dealt with criticism from those who commented on her muscular appearance comparing her to a man sometimes. Not to mention how historically black woman are sexualized more because of their naturally curvy figure seen as exotic.
Serena Williams is NOT wearing the catsuit to prevent blood clots, HE is wearing it because everyone is finding out slowly that SIR-ena is a MAN and "it" is hiding its male body. #FrenchOpen pic.twitter.com/QhhE30LD5D
— EmilyBloomsCucumber (@EmilysCucumber) August 24, 2018
Another article was released a month ago that reported that Serena Williams was being tested for enhancement drugs more than her other tennis counterparts both male and female.
Serena was always the type of person to play the part and be diplomatic. She even said that she had a great relationship with the Giudicelli himself.
In a recent interview with Tennis.com Serena commented on how she felt about the new dress code policy that would prevent her from wearing her catsuit in future French Open tournaments. She said, ” When it comes to fashion, you don’t want to be a repeat offender….I think that obviously the Grand Slams have a right to do what they want to do.”
Twitter went ablaze on Friday when the story first broke when it was announced Giudicelli would set in the place the new dress code policy to police what the athletes were allowed to wear.
Having had multiple pulmonary embolisms, Serena Williams is not allowed to use a specially designed black catsuit that helps prevents blood clots from developing in the legs. Because the French Open doesn’t like how it looks. That’s racist, sexist, and dangerous.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) August 24, 2018
Anne White wore a catsuit in 1985.
Serena Williams is not allowed to wear one in 2019. pic.twitter.com/maSMckXo26
— Simon Hedlin (@simonhedlin) August 25, 2018
I don’t get this thing of Serena’s catsuit being deemed inappropriate for the French Open. All the women in professional tennis wear tiny, “revealing” clothes but the catsuit is inappropriate? You absolutely cannot convince me that this is anything other than misogynoir.
— Stormi Outsold (@THISisLULE) August 24, 2018
Billie Jean King commented on the decision stating that “the policing of women’s bodies must end”.
The policing of women’s bodies must end. The “respect” that’s needed is for the exceptional talent @serenawilliams brings to the game. Criticizing what she wears to work is where the true disrespect lies. https://t.co/ioyP9VTCxM
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) August 25, 2018
Even Nike commented on the discussion that was made to ban the catsuit.
— Nike (@Nike) August 25, 2018
Serena said that her specially made bodysuit made her feel like a superhero but thankfully she doesn’t have to wear it anymore to help her out with her blood clots. She’s definitely not fazed by this fashion rule and is currently playing in the U.S. Open.
She has recently won her first match against Magda Linette and is set to play against CarinaWitthöft for her next match.
However, this does create a conversation surrounding the policing of women’s bodies in a world dominated by patriarchy but that’s for another time.
Gunfire at Tekashi Video Shoot
Tekashi and Kanye West were at a video shoot in Beverly Hills when shots rang out at 10:25PM
At the stage for the video, a rented $80 million estate, approximately 8 shots were fired. Although no one was injured, there was damage to the home. At least one bullet destroyed a bedroom window.
Production was halted immediately and Kanye left the scene unscathed. Nicki was supposed to be at the shoot as well but she had not yet made it to the site.
The attack was allegedly a drive-by.
This is the 3rd shooting targeting Tekashi since his post-sentencing celebration. The rapper was charged with the use of a child in a sexual performance. Having only received a sentence of four years probation, it appears someone is unhappy with the judgment.
It is suspected that the shooting could be the result of a beef between Tekashi and YG. The two have been at odds since a video surfaced of Tekashi asking a fan to name a YG song.
Flop or Bop?: Blac Chyna Releases Single
Featuring Yo Gotti and Jeremih, Blac Chyna makes her Rap debut and fans are undecided.
When Chyna posted a photo of her in the studio a year ago, we all thought she was just posing for the gram. Let’s be honest. We’ve known Chyna as a staple in hip-hop but never on the opposite end of the mic. After suffering through some of these Soundcloud rappers, it’s hard to be excited about any new music. In interview Chyna did with XXL a year ago, she stated:
“When I do drop my music, I just don’t want it to be like ‘Okay, Chyna’s taking this for granted, she’s not serious about this.’ I want people to know that I am serious about this and I want to show my progression and my growth and whatnot.”
Many thought that maybe after dating so many rappers, Chyna had picked up a bit of their skill. Unfortunately, most of Twitter seems to agree that Chyna’s debut track is not it. Check out her verse below.
Well… Blac Chyna on her new single ‘Deserve’ feat. Yo Gotti & Jeremih pic.twitter.com/vhf9re61V7
— Shahad East (@ShahadEast) November 5, 2018
I’m not going to lie, she has potential. Her verse is pretty on brand. After all, she is rapping about scamming:
Talk that talk, but when it’s time to pop a band
You hop up here and you shook
Nothing better than them dollars, man
I fuck up more than your retirement
Chyna has tracks in the works with Swae Lee and has producers lined up to collaborate with her. Showing no signs of disappearing anytime soon, this single is not the last we’ll see of her.
Check out the rest of the song here.
YG’s Uber Slams into Someone’s Front Yard
The “Big Bank” rapper is lucky to be alive after his Uber crashes into a San Fernando Valley front yard. TMZ was able to capture footage of YG standing outside of the car looking confused and pictures of the SUV after the crash.
YG was riding in the backseat of the vehicle and didn’t sustain any injuries. No other vehicles were involved in the crash and there is no knowledge about how the driver got off the road or what was wrong with him.
As far as we know no one is injured.
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