It just wouldn’t be a regular day if people didn’t have something negative to say. And of course, today (Dec. 14), that negativity is surrounding Sport Illustrated’s latest announcement. The publication recently named Serena Williams the Sportsman of the Year, and although most would say the champion was rightfully crowned, some conservatives think that the title doesn’t belong to the 53-time winning champion, but rather a racing horse. Cue the blank stares.
In case you weren’t reading correctly, yes, Serena Williams was compared, not a horse racer (a person), but an animal. The racing horse, American Pharaoh, might be triple-winning champion, but that hardly matches Williams reigning career. The horse did win an online poll contest in which the animal ran against the tennis player, but SI chose to honor Williams instead.
“She was the most deserving person for the award. She had an amazing year. The way she won her events; the fact that she’s done this for so many years at such a high level,” said Paul Fichtenbaum, editor of the Sports Illustrated Group to USA Today. “She was a terrific candidate in a year of terrific candidates.”
Many made comments surrounding the publication’s negligence for honoring animals. But where there is negativity, there is also racism. Opposers had a problem with the cover shoot, which depicted the athletes lounging on the throne with a crown on her head. Some commented on the “rap-like” nature of the shoot while other’s suggested that Serena earned her title just because she is African-American. In perhaps the most shameless response, The Los Angeles Times posted the following poll:
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) December 14, 2015
Take a look at some of the comments that ignited the Internet into the senseless ongoing battle. And once again, congratulations to Serena Williams on being named Sportsman of the Year.
Very disappointed to see Sport’s Illustrated editors ignored the fans vote, and chose Serena Williams over American Pharoah – Article coming — Brian Zipse (@Zipseatthetrack) December 14, 2015