The 2013 Wimbledon championship kicks off next week, and when Serena Williams is supposed to be focused on defending the women’s title she won last year, the fallout from a very stupid and insensitive comment she made to Stephen Rodrick, a Rolling Stone reporter, could make her effort at defending that title more difficult than it’s supposed to be. Because you just know that her detractors will not let her get away with it.
In the Rolling Stone article, Serena said, after the Steubenville rape case flashed on the TV screen she and Stephen Rodrick were watching at a nail saloon:
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.
If that was exactly what she said, it is/was stupid and insensitive. And Serena, what difference does it make whether the rape victim was a virgin or not? Talk about sticking your foot in your mouth! Whether Serena will be able to defend her title at the Wimbledon championship will depend on how she’s able to handle the critics and criticisms from this ill-advised comment.
In the same article, she’s quoted as saying, “Can you believe I’ve never been asked to host Saturday Night Live? And I’m funny. Ask my friends.”
Well, Serena, after a dump comment like this, you can bet your apartment in Paris, France, that nobody will ask you to host anything anytime soon.