By Sharanya Gopinathan
GQ Magazine has been plugging their cover story on Twitter, and they said it was an interview with the greatest tennis player of all time.
— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) March 21, 2017
Except if you look carefully at the picture, you’ll notice that this isn’t a picture of Serena Williams at all, but of Roger Federer. What a weird mistake to make!
Twitter users were quick to point out what has to have been a mistake on GQ’s part.
“This looks nothing like Serena Williams.”https://t.co/SISyTyyqTy
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) March 21, 2017
@GQMagazine Oh please GQ.. we know it’s Serena Williams #fakenews#alternativefacts
— 46664#SW23 (@LTrinidette) March 21, 2017
— Calvin Swine (@CalvinSwine905) March 23, 2017
I was joking before. It obviously wasn’t a mistake on the part of GQ, it was sexism that made GQ forget that Serena Williams has won more Grand Slam singles titles than any other athlete in the world. Former tennis number one, Andy Roddick has said that Serena Williams is one of the greatest athletes of all time across all sports, and Williams herself has said that she prefers to be called one of the greatest athletes in the world, not, as so many media houses persist in calling her, one of the greatest female athletes.
This is hardly the first time something like this has happened. She faces this kind of stupid sexism so often you wonder why she puts up with any of us. In a 2016 interview with Andy Murray, interviewer John Inverdale conveniently forget about women, and informed Murray that he was the first person to ever two Olympic tennis gold medals. Murray immediately corrected him by reminding him that Venus and Serena Williams had both won about four Olympic gold medals each. In 2015, Williams once got super fed-up and properly told off a journalist who asked her why she wasn’t smiling at 11.30 pm during a post-match press conference.
This article erroneously referred to Andy Murray in the last paragraph as Andy Roddick. This has been corrected.