Mean Betty on Serena Williams
Mean Betty ponders the new direction of celebrity attention-getting. Just where might Serena William’s tirade take her?
What Mean Betty wants to know is … what will Serena Williams’ F-bomb get her? Yes, yes, Mean Betty knows – she didn’t get the title, but is it possible she gained something even BETTER? She was undeniably losing anyway, so perhaps her strategy was to get the attention if she couldn’t score the points, hmm? Clever, no?
In case you missed all the action, Serena turned ferociously on a lineswoman at a little tennis event called the U.S. Open last Saturday night, in reaction to the poor woman’s oddly-timed foot-fault call. Mean Betty will spare you the intricate details of tennis rules, but suffice to say it made Serena … how do you say … a wee bit perturbed.
“I swear to God, I’ll f— take this ball and shove it down your f— throat,” quoth the lovely Serena, who was promptly disqualified from the match.
When asked if she’d apologize, Serena said: “An apology from me? How many people yell at linespeople? Players, athletes get frustrated.”
Um, yes, my dearest, an apology from you is exactly what one might expect from a civilized athlete … But perhaps “civilized” isn’t quite what you’re going for? Perhaps you’re taking a page out the Joe Wilson Book of Public Figures and Role Models and trying to score some financial support from people who like to see a little more Gladiator-style gutter action from their public figures? Oh sure, Serena had to pay a measly little fine of $10,500 but that’s nothing compared to a potential sponsorship deal from an enterprising company (feeling edgy, Xbox?) or a spin on a future reality show (I’m a Motherf-ing Celebrity, Pay Attention To Me!).