Remember how Serena Williams had what some might call a “temper tantrum” in her tennis match against Naomi Osaka?
Well that “temper tantrum” is somehow being connected with Brett Kavanaugh’s opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Williams’ husband, Alexis Ohanian, called it “bulls**t” that his wife was to keep her emotions in check while she felt she was wrongly accused of cheating during her tennis match. He compares this to how Brett Kavanaugh didn’t keep his emotions in check when he gave his testimony two weeks ago.
If you’re going to be a Supreme Court Justice -- a job that requires maintaining sober judgement -- it shouldn't matter what questions you have to answer in your job interview, you keep it together.— Alexis Ohanian Sr. 🚀 (@alexisohanian) October 7, 2018
I look forward to the cartoon @damonheraldsun puts on the front page about it.
Imagine keeping it together during a "job interview" like that - if only.
The “bulls**t” remark was in response to a tweet, which read, “Funny how a black female tennis player is held to a higher standard to keep her emotions in check than a Supreme Court nominee.”
It's not funny, it's bullshit. https://t.co/pYkmx4ufvI— Alexis Ohanian Sr. 🚀 (@alexisohanian) October 7, 2018
People just like and agree with anything nowadays.
The crazy thing is these two situations are totally different - and there is no reason to compare them. Williams was playing a game - a game, I repeat! She felt she got the short end of the stick with several calls the chair umpire made. She then blamed sexism for her problems instead of realizing she screwed up and her opponent was just better than her that day.
Kavanaugh was certainly not playing a game - he was dealing with sexual allegations that could destroy his life - I repeat, his life! He was defending his integrity, fighting for his family and trying to show these allegations were false. There was no evidence to back up what his accusers claimed and the seventh FBI investigation couldn’t even find any corroboration.
In Williams case there was evidence that she was receiving coaching, her coach even admitted to the coaching violation afterward. There was also evidence that she broke her tennis racket and verbally abused the chair umpire - as that was all caught on video.
Though the differences are obvious, people will still stretch to find a way to make it into something it is not.
Quite the contrast to see how Ford, who says she was sexually assaulted, was calm, composed, polite, accommodating, almost apologetic. And Kavanaugh, the alleged perpetrator, came out fiery, angry, indignant. A woman could never get away with such a display of anger.— Nisha Chittal (@NishaChittal) September 27, 2018
Thankfully not everyone is so thoughtless:
Allegations of sexual misconduct vs allegations of cheating on a tennis court. Yes those are Apple to apple comparisons— Jonathan (@FantasyAJ24) October 6, 2018
imagine being accused of sexual assault and being told to keep your emotions in check... yeah nice try— . (@EazyWithIt) October 7, 2018
Again, there is no reason to compare these two completely different situations happening under a completely different set of circumstances.
Now I will say, I totally expect Ohanian to defend his wife, hardly a surprising move. But at the same time with a comparison like that, I’m thinking, “come on, man!” At least argue from a legitimate standpoint.