Serena Williams Now At Two Steubenville Apologies, One Sharapova Feud

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Serena Williams has finally given a fully-formed, thoughtful apology during a press conference today for comments she made in a Rolling Stone interview about the Steubenville rape victim's irresponsible choices — this is after a previous half-assed statement on Twitter that blamed the reporter taking her words out of context. (The words being: "I'm not blaming the girl, but...")

“I apologize for everything that was said in that article. I feel like, you know, you say things without having all the information. It’s really important before you make certain comments to have a full list, have all the information, all the facts. I reached out to the family immediately once the article came out, and I had a really productive, sincere conversation with the mother and the daughter. We came to a wonderful understanding, and we’re constantly in contact.”

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Another moment in the piece features her talking on the phone to sister Venus about Maria Sharapova and Sharapova's boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov — who was previously romantically linked with Williams. "He has a black heart," she is written as saying. Naturally, the latter comment has gotten more press attention, because two famous hot ladies havin' a hot lady CATFIGHT.

In the following days, Sharapova fired back: "If she wants to talk about something personal, maybe she should talk about her relationship, and her boyfriend that was married, and is getting a divorce and has kids." Daaaaamn.

Now Williams, who already semi-apologized once for the Steubenville comment, made another, far better attempt at taking back her words today. She also briefly addressed Sharapova's retort ("I definitely was told of the comments. I definitely like to keep my personal life personal.")

'Serena Williams Responds to Sharapova’s Comments' [NYT]

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PetticoatDespot
Petticoat Despot

I'm not really keen on her comments or her subsequent apologies, the first of which involved denying the comments and the second of which she claims is after talking to the victim about it, cause that's a reasonable thing to do.

However, body dysmorphic disorder regarding eyebrows is one of the more common non-weight-related forms and shaving off then redrawing eyebrows is mechanism of dealing with it. I don't think we actually need 5 people picking on her drawn-on eyebrows as though that's important. You're still body shaming and you're supporting the idea that women's eyebrows are in the public domain, rather than addressing the topic of the article: a woman's apology for upholding rape culture.

They're eyebrows. They're irrelevant to the validity of her stance, her profession, or even her personal life.