As could have been easily foretold, tennis champion Serena Williams has officially backtracked on her awful victim-blaming comments from her Rolling Stone interview that we reported on earlier. After facing quite a backlash from fans, survivors and anybody who just generally thinks it’s incredibly messed up to criticize the behavior of a rape victim and empathize with the rapists, Williams is now pulling a “no wait, I swear I didn’t mean exactly what I obviously meant!”
On her official site, Williams writes:
“What happened in Steubenville was a real shock for me. I was deeply saddened. For someone to be raped, and at only sixteen, is such a horrible tragedy! For both families involved – that of the rape victim and of the accused. I am currently reaching out to the girl’s family to let her know that I am deeply sorry for what was written in the Rolling Stone article. What was written – what I supposedly said – is insensitive and hurtful, and I by no means would say or insinuate that she was at all to blame.
I have fought all of my career for women’s equality, women’s equal rights, respect in their fields – anything I could do to support women I have done. My prayers and support always goes out to the rape victim. In this case, most especially, to an innocent sixteen year old child.”
LOL at “supposedly said,” which translates to “Rolling Stone totally twisted my words except they didn’t but I wanna insinuate I never said this because people are mad.”
Now, let’s just quickly review what was actually said in her interview:
“…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…”
Please, Serena Williams, leave the Steubenville survivor alone and stop trying to “reach out” to her for your own public image. Seriously. She has been through enough without a celebrity who slut shamed her attempting a PR stunt via a public apology. She’s not a cause or a statement; she’s a human being who survived an awful rape that millions of people knew about by the end of it all. Leave her alone.
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