Australian football players slammed after appearing in blackface dressed as Serena and Venus Williams

2018-09-21 12:54
Serena Williams & Venus Williams (PHOTO: Gallo/Getty)

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Three players from the Australia’s Penguin Football Club have been slammed by Twitter users after they wore blackface and dressed as Serena and Venus Williams to a party, according to Huffington post.

It is alleged in reports that the three men have been identified as Mitch Stanley, Matt Chamberlain, and Beau Grundy of the Penguin Football Club in Tasmania – the players were dressed up for an end of season celebration trying to imitate their sports idols, Venus and Serena Williams, as well as Sydney Swans Australian rules footballer Aliir Aliir.

According to People the captured image of the trio wearing blackface was uploaded to a public social media page which many users slammed as racist,

“Some Australians still have no clue what is considered racist. This Mad Monday "costume" is clearly racist. And I'm a person who is fed up with today's over-the-top political correctness,” wrote a Twitter user.

The blackface snap comes shortly after an Australian artist published a controversial cartoon of a childlike Serena throwing a tantrum, following her loss to Naomi Osaka during the USA Open Final which sparked viral outrage.

Some users pointed this out, and even described it as racism,

“Oh look: a mere week after that racist cartoon of Serena Williams, another blackface scandal hits the Australian press bc white dudes decided to "dress up" like her,” commented one user

The Tasmanian club has since issued an apology stating in which they stated,

“The Penguin Football Club were not aware that three of our players intended to dress in this manner and the incident did not happen at our facilities.”

“It was not their intention to upset anyone and all they meant to do was dress as one of their sporting idols. Their actions were never intended to be racist in any way.”

Sources: Huffingtonpost, NYPost, People, Sport24



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