After suffering from a career-threatening foot injury and subsequent life-threatening blood clots, rant-prone tennis player Serena Williams waged a serious comeback in pursuit of her 14th grand slam title at the U.S Open this year. But Williams not only lost her finals match yesterday — she lost her temper. Down a set, Williams ripped a forehand in the first game of the second set that she thought was a winner and yelled, “Come on” before the ball reached her opponent Samantha Stosur. Umpire Eva Asderaki invoked the hindrance rule and awarded the point to Stosur, giving her the game.
Williams berated Asderaki at a later changeover. “If you ever see me walking down the hall, look the other way, because you’re out of control,” she said. “You’re a hater. You’re unattractive inside. Who would do such a thing? And I never complain. Wow, what a loser.” While most reports deemed this emotional rant inappropriate, Fox and Friends host Gretchen Carlson views Williams as “what’s wrong with our society“:
CARLSON: See, this is what’s wrong with our society today. That’s the entitlement generation right there.
Somewhat out of character, Fox’s Brian Kilmeade flatly rejected Carlson’s notion and rightly pointed out that tennis legends like Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe had similar outbursts on court. Indeed, one of McEnroe’s threatening rants at the U.S. Open landed before the New York Supreme Court. Carlson, however, insisted that William was acting like a petulant child and even suggested that her outburst had a “racial undertone“:
CARLSON: Who’s with me on this? That that shows our kids that “I have no fault.” This is what I combat with my two little kids all the time. If you’re not a responsible parent, to constantly say “No, you need to take your own personal responsibility,” you end up saying things like that.
KILMEADE: You can use that as a teaching moment. If you’re going to be in a heated situation, please don’t call the referee on the inside.
CARLSON: And a “hater!”…I mean was that a racial undertone? I don’t quite get that.
Watch it, via Media Matters:
There’s a lot things that the Fox and Friends hosts “don’t quite get”: Spongebob Squarepants, Ramadan, Christmas, evolution, gay people, black people, etc. However, Carlson’s insistence that Williams’s not-uncommon outburst is a racially-charged sign of societal decay meets the very high threshold needed to leave even her fellow curvy-couchers a tad perplexed.