I LAUGHED MY ASS OFF when I first saw the cartoon of tennis "star" Serena Williams blowing a gasket or two. Let me rephrase that; when I saw THE REACTION to the cartoon. When I read that the publication, rather than retracting the cartoon and issuing an apology, put it on their front page, I almost pissed my pants. What was the crime? Williams is a big, black, buffed-out tennis-playing bitch who threw a fit. The artist depicted a big, black, buffed-out tennis-playing bitch throwing a fit. So, what's the problem?
The problem is that whenever certain people are shown in a less-than-favorable light, and even worse, shown to be pretty much exactly what they fucking ARE, OH MY FUCKING GOD!!! I guess that's going to be yet another call to arms..."Fighting the racism, sexism, and homophobia that was long been present in the world of sports in general, but tennis in particular." Whenever you are defeated by a worthy opponent, no problem! Bring to light something the umpire or judge did 30 year ago!!! On the receiving end of a bad call, or do you just flat-out suck? No sweat! Accuse the judge of any type of "ism" you can, and they'll cave!
In a sport that seems to have more than its share of pampered prima donnas, this situation really shouldn't stand out, and it normally wouldn't have, but because the whole world is going completely nuts over the dumbest shit imaginable, minor tennis-court tantrums become a call to arms for, to use Mad Magazine's term, "the usual gang of idiots". The left, as per usual, politicizes EVERYTHING, and, thanks to their allies in the media, fan the flames, turning minor and isolated incidents into major conflagrations.
For a country and a society that states they are all about freedom, why are so many people here opposed to having it? A line from the 1969 movie Easy Rider comes to mind:
George Hanson - Oh, yeah, that's right. That's what's it's all about, all right. But talkin' about it and bein' it, that's two different things. I mean, it's real hard to be free when you are bought and sold in the marketplace. Of course, don't ever tell anybody that they're not free, 'cause then they're gonna get real busy killin' and maimin' to prove to you that they are. Oh, yeah, they're gonna talk to you, and talk to you, and talk to you about individual freedom. But they see a free individual, it's gonna scare 'em.
It's not just a bunch of redneck hicks George is referring to, not these days, anyway. I think it more than a tad bit ironic that people who profess to be all about freedom want to limit or destroy the rights of others to express themselves.
Back in 1992, a Mexican dude complained to me about a central (dead) character in the movie A Few Good Men, wondering why the victim HAD to be Hispanic; "Why couldn't they pick a white boy?". Also that year, I remember the uproar that the movie Basic Instinct caused because it depicted a bisexual author as a deranged serial killer. The following year, I saw the movie Falling Down, and wondered what the reaction would have been if a non-White actor had played the main part, or if the entire polarity of the movie was changed. Probably at least three weeks of demonstrations and rioting.
Anyway, I'm not an artist,and the best I can do is stick figures, so I'll have to describe it verbally. The cartoon should have looked something like this:
A line judge and a victorious Black-and-Jap (Black-and-Tan? lol) tennis player on both sides of poor Serena, with both of their mouths open wide enough to make an anaconda wince, screaming at her, and throwing things at her while calling her a racist, sexist, and homophobic thief! Serena, meanwhile, looks like Vanessa Williams in her 1984 prime, while her opponent is drawn like something out of American anti-Japanese WW2 propaganda.
Never let the truth get in the way of a good story, or a good cartoon. And never, under any circumstances, depict anyone who isn't White doing something less than heroic and stellar. I'm glad there are still some publications and journalists with balls out there, who refuse to say there are five lights when there are only four.