On June 18th Sports Illustrated's "SI Wire" featured a lovely little piece about tennis player Serena Williams. Now, I'm not one to give sports players much credence when they start flapping their jaws but this one really got me going. Just because you have a platform doesn't mean that you deserve to use it, as was evidenced by Serena Williams's commentary on the Steubenville rape case. In the "SI Wire" piece Williams states:
Do you think it was fair, what they 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.
The emphasis is mine, I just want to make it clear that while she says that she isn't, she IS blaming the victim. In our culture, in which the Anonymous member who blew the case open could get more prison time than the actual criminals, the rapists, we need less ignorance and more compassion. I'd say that we need more action but I'm going to give Williams the benefit of the doubt and say that maintaining her tennis career is too time consuming for her to do something other than shut her trap.
Just like Williams, I believe that parents should teach their daughters and sons a lesson here: that Serena Williams is no hero, just another sports star with a big mouth, another rape apologist that doesn't deserve the seconds it takes to read her comments.
Enjoy more of Williams's thoughtless banter here.