Very Chill Old Man Spews Sexist Garbage About Women Tennis Players
Over the weekend, Indian Wells Tennis Garden CEO Raymond Moore opened his mouth and revealed to the world that he is actually a rude, sexist man with opinions better suited for the Victorian era. When asked a question about the Women’s Tennis Association, Moore said that the powerful and very talented women of the WTA “ride on the coattails of the men. They don’t make any decisions and they are lucky. They are very, very lucky.”
If you watch tennis, this is probably confusing to you; if you watch tennis and you’re also a woman, perhaps you’ve already started walking in the general direction of Indian Wells, ready to tell Moore precisely where he can put his opinions. But wait, it gets better!
“If I was a lady player,” Moore said “I’d go down every night on my knees and thank God that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born, because they have carried this sport. They really have.”
Are you angry yet? Have you had enough coffee? If that doesn’t work, maybe this will.
While Moore was making the above remark, Serena Williams, who lost her match to Victoria Azarenka in the finals, was preparing herself to ether this idiot. When asked if there was possibly a “misunderstanding” about the way his words could have been interpreted, Williams said,
Well, if you read the transcript you can only interpret it one way. I speak very good English. I’m sure he does, too.
You know, there’s only one way to interpret that. Get on your knees, which is offensive enough, and thank a man, which is not — we, as women, have come a long way. We shouldn’t have to drop to our knees at any point.
She went on to remind everyone that yes, she’s aware of the other tennis players that happen to be men, but lest you forget, Venus and Serena routinely sell out their matches.
Last year the women’s final at the US Open sold out well before the men. I’m sorry, did Roger play in that final or Rafa or any man play in that final that was sold out before the men’s final? I think not.
So I just feel like in order to make a comment you have to have history and you have to have facts and you have to know things. You have to know of everything. I mean, you look at someone like Billie Jean King who opened so many doors for not only women’s players but women athletes in general.
So I feel like, you know, that is such a disservice to her and every female, not only a female athlete, but every woman on this planet that has ever tried to stand up for what they believed in and being proud to be a woman.
Moore issued the kind of limp apology that merely glances at the issue without recognizing just how bad it is.
“Poor taste” is one way of putting it, guy.