Serena Williams disrespected in Australia once again, now by footballers in blackface

23 Septembre, 2018, 02:30 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Australian Penguin Football Club members dressed as tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams and Sydney Swans football player Aliir Aliir

This week, after last week's deeply racist cartoon in the Herald Sun went viral, three Australian amateur football players have apologized and brought the Australian Football League (AFL) under fire for wearing blackface to "dress up" as Serena and Venus Williams and Aliir Aliir, a South Sudanese Sydney Swans football star, for a local team event.

The picture of the racist athletes, who reportedly belong to Tasmania-based Penguin Football Club, was taken during the end-of-season celebrations, commonly known as "Mad Monday".

The players dressed as the tennis siblings, identified as Mitch Stanley and Matt Chamberlain, donned pristine white tennis outfits, pink rackets and curly black wigs to complement their blackface efforts and complete their controversial costumes. Grundy even appeared to use the image as his Facebook profile picture, before the photo was deleted.

The latest racist incident involving players from the Penguin Football Club has left many Australians setting their "days without blackface incident in Australia" boards back to zero again, as many Twitter users quipped.

The players belong to AFL side Penguin FC, which represents the seaside town of Penguin, in north Tasmania.

"We will be working with the league and club to get more information and to see how we can assist in providing education for the players", CEO Trisha squires said. Do you have a comment about the players in your team wearing "black-face".?

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"It was not their intention to upset anyone and all they meant to do was dress as one of their sporting idols", the club said, according to Australian ABC News. Unless you support racists?

Three players posing for a photo in blackface has put a Tasmanian football club under pressure to punish the players responsible. Disgusting. They should be stood down immediately and permanently.

The photo was posted to a popular Mad Monday Facebook group, but is no longer visible on the page.

The incident comes on the heel of a cartoon that was widely decried as racist, depicting Serena Williams during her U.S. Open incident less than two weeks ago.

Said Knight: "I saw the world number one tennis player have a huge hissy fit and spit the dummy [an Australian expression for a childish tantrum]".

Australian indigenous feminist and unionist Celeste Liddle tweeted that the players' actions and the consequent media coverage demonstrated the country was "a nation of racist slow learners".

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