Wozniacki’s impression: Funny or offensive?

December 12, 2012, 10:24 PM

Caroline Cameron’s take

You don’t mess with Serena Williams.

Doesn’t everyone know that by now?

A now infamous lineswoman once had to learn that lesson the hard way.

At an exhibition in Brazil this past weekend, world No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki stuffed her shirt and skirt with some towels and attempted to be funny by impersonating Williams.

To be fair, Wozniacki isn’t the first player to try and get a laugh at one of their competitors’ expense. Novak Djokovic’s impressions of Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova and Andy Roddick are well known and Roddick himself recently joined in on the impersonation bandwagon.

Last month in Toronto during an exhibition match against Milos Raonic, Roddick impersonated Raonic, Nadal, and even his BFF Williams.

In his Williams impression, Roddick did the exact same thing Wozniacki did – poking fun at her figure by stuffing his shorts and shirt with towels.

So why didn’t Roddick get any flack?

For more on Caroline Cameron’s take, click here.

Kacie Hollins’ take…

Not only is Caroline Wozniacki a second-tier tennis player, she’s now apparently a second-tier comedian.

Perhaps that was a little harsh.

She’s a talented tennis player, but not nearly as dominant as the woman she chose to make fun of.

Stuffing your skirt and sports bra and wagging your butt around the tennis court while impersonating a more well-endowed competitor is hardly a funny joke, if you can consider it a joke at all.

It’s lazy and stupid.

“She has a big butt!” is hardly a punch line. At least not one any self-respecting adult should laugh at.

The problem with this kind of gag is the example and broader message it sends: the physical appearance of female athletes is fair game for fodder.

To read the rest of what Kacie had to say, click here.


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