Tennis star Serena Williams and hip-hop artist Kanye West have something in common. In the words of Bon Qui Qui, they were both “rude”.
That’s the kind of out-sized sense of self-importance that landed this unlikely pair, tennis player Serena Williams and musician Kanye West in a shared spotlight this week. Their outbursts sparked a pitched debate over the nation’s sinking morals, the presumed decline of civility, the lingering racism in our supposedly post-racial society.
But a week riding the roller coaster of excuses, judgments and apologies has led me to a more optimistic place. There was musical genius Kanye West — with his dark glasses and edgy haircut — muscling in on waif-like Taylor Swift in the middle of her thank-you speech at the MTV Video Music Awards. Her country music innocence upended by his Bon qui-qui rudeness.
And tennis champion Serena Williams looking like a schoolyard bully, stomping toward the line judge — who seemed so tiny in all that rain gear — waving her tennis ball like a hand-grenade and hurling curses, straight outta Compton, it seemed. Here’a quick recap of that moment – Well, according to the line judge, after the foul was called, Serena stepped toward her, shaking the ball, and said “If I could, I would take this f*%#in ball and shove it down your f%#)in throat.” The line judge also said that Serena threatened to kill her (a little far ehhh?). Serena did admit to yelling at the judge but denies saying that she threatened to kill her. Regardless, Serena was called for unsportsmanlike conduct and a point was given to Kim Clijsters, which happened to be match point. …
We still recognize rudeness. And we responded as we should — with a collective media mockery. Do you think the media overdid their response to these examples of bad behavior or is it just right?