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.
Rolling Ray Undergoes Surgery After Wig Catches On Fire
Social media star Rolling Ray underwent surgery Tuesday morning to treat serious burns on his body after his terrible wig accident last week.
In a series of IG stories, he let his audience follow along as he prepped for surgery.
Last week Rolling Ray announced he was hospitalized after his wig caught on fire! During a January 13 Instagram Live session hosted straight from his hospital bedside, he showed his severely burnt and damaged face telling viewers his “whole skin, legs, arms, feet, and everything” were burned.
In a more recent Live, Ray explained the incident that led to his whole wig catching on fire: an unfortunate smoking accident. “It just, like, lit on fire when I tried to light the cigarette,” he recounted. “So I get to trying to snatch the wig off. B***h, the fire goes to my f*****g shirt, to my feet, to my legs, to my back. It’s a fire everywhere, it’s a fire in the whole room.”
Of course the internet trolled him in a disgusting display of ableism and heartlessness. Comments like “Rolling Ray should have stopped, dropped, and rolled” and “karma’s a b***h” had social media conflicted in its feelings about his accident. His sensation comes from his harsh and, often, below-the-belt reads (just last month he told Yung Miami to “dig (sic) up” her dead baby father. However, the criticism didn’t stop him from responding on Twitter.
Rolling Ray might be problematic as all get-out, but we do not tolerate ableism here. We wish him well as he heals.
Fantasia Reveals Gender of Baby On the Way!
On Tuesday singer-songwriter and “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino took to social media to reveal that she is having a baby girl, her first child with husband Kendall Taylor.
In a series of Instagram stories, Fantasia showed pink fireworks being shot off during a gender reveal party, to her and her hubby’s excitement! She continued by sharing what her daughter-to-be’s name will be: Keziah London Taylor.
The news comes after the couple revealed they had struggled to conceive since their 2015 marriage. During a November episode of her IG Live show “Taylor Talks,” she described continuously praying for a child with her husband. Fantasia, a deeply devout Christian, was obviously elated when she shared the news.
“God I Want To Thank You!” she said in an Instagram caption. “You Gave Us A Seed even when the Doctor said that one of my Tubes [was] Closed you said Different. @salute1st I Love You King and I can’t wait to see who He or She acts Like.”
We can see Fantasia and family are all super excited to be welcoming a baby girl into their lives. All congratulations to her.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Are Getting Divorced, Report Says
In a story published Tuesday evening, Page Six is reporting that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are getting divorced, with the two already in settlement talks. The news comes after the couple spent the holiday season separately – Kanye at his ranch outside Cody, Wyoming, Kim and the kids with her famous family in southern California.
A source close to Kardashian was quoted saying, “Kim got Kanye to go up there so they could live separate lives and quietly get things sorted out to separate and divorce. She’s done.” Kardashian, 40, and West, 43, are said to be splitting because of marital problems directly related to Kanye’s very public mental health struggles.
For several years the rapper’s various antics have caused fans to worry. After coming out as a Trump supporter, West then announced his own 2020 presidential bid under a new political party: the Birthday Party. At a campaign rally in South Carolina, he was seen rambling, debating individual audience members, and at times, crying. In various interviews, he has rambled on almost incoherently, and his tweetstorms are now infamous.
For her part, Kim has always supported her husband and has openly discussed the difficulties of their marriage. Back in June, she shared on social media, “Anyone who has [bipolar disorder] or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand… People who are unaware or far removed from this experience can be judgmental and not understand that the individual (has) to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try.”
It appears she has finally reached her limit in the union with the unnamed source saying, “She is serious about taking the bar exam and becoming a lawyer, she is serious about her prison reform campaign. Meanwhile Kanye is talking about running for president and saying other crazy s**t, and she’s just had enough of it.”
Separately, a source close to Kanye alleges the rapper is sick of his wife and her family, which might have some truth to it since he has tweeted some pretty nasty things about them in the past. “I been trying to get divorced since Kim met with Meek at the Warldolf [sic] for ‘prison reform,’” he said in a now-deleted July tweet. Recently, he hasn’t been featured on his wife’s Instagram and has largely remained out of the public eye.
With the news yet to be confirmed, the “divorce is imminent” reports are just rumors for now. We’ll be following the news as more information comes out.