What is so annoying about Serena's new fame as a mother

Elektra

Professional
I love Serena Williams but tired of the media. What is so annoying about Serena's new fame as a mother is how the media overhypes everything. They act like she is only woman to ever give birth to a baby and the only woman to ever come back to sports after being a mother. You have women on the tour who are mothers and you have female athletes in different sports who are mothers who still continue to play.

Kerri Walsh Jennings who is a legendary beach volleyball player gave birth to three kids. When she played in the 2012 Olympics to win gold she was five weeks pregnant. Still continues to play and still chasing for glory in the Tokyo Olympics. Kerri is 40 years old. This is only one example of female athletes who are mothers and continue to make a living being athletes.



I think it is annoying cause you have women in real life who are mothers and they give birth to multiple kids, in some cases single mothers in which their husbands are probably serving overseas, widowed, divorced or in jail. There are no accolades of them, and some of these mothers have modest income. They are not privileged like Serena to afford nannies or babysitters. They are not rich, opulent and have a husband like Serena does. In some ways, the pushing Serena as a mother down people's throat is disingenous and an insult to regular people who don't accolades, press or sponsors for being mothers.


Is anybody tired or annoyed with the media's infatuation with Serena as a mother.
 

Elektra

Professional
Serena for a number of reasons is the perfect darling for today's mainstream media. It is what it is and the WTA will be much healthier when she retires.
Let's be honest, Serena was never a media darling, Sharapova was the real media darling. The media did not start warming up to Serena until she won her 18 GS. Tennis establishement started to realize the money Serena brought to the sport and their other blonde great hopes all flopped like Buchard, Oudin and etc
 
Also, there’s Victoria Azerenka who’s a mother and active on tour. But no accolades for her; not to mention she’s a single mother at the same time.

Previously is was Kim Clijsters who came out of retirement and having a baby and won the US Open.
Yep-the problem of course is Azarenka is from somewhere a bit too close to the 'evil' Russia for the western masses liking & of course there is still a social stigma about single mothers as opposed to the nuclear family. Plus she just isn't as marketable.
 
You are not alone.

At times I feel like I’m watching a talk show on ESPN with the main topic being Serena.
Wimbledon was almost unbearable with Barker, Evert, Austin etc doing the clucking hens around a baby routine & becoming even more O.B.N to Serena than usual. Poor Keber's victory was almost an afterthought-all the attention was on Serena because she had a kid, dubbed herself a superhero fighting for all women over the world & her silly outfit.
 

airchallenge2

Professional
I love Serena Williams but tired of the media. What is so annoying about Serena's new fame as a mother is how the media overhypes everything. They act like she is only woman to ever give birth to a baby and the only woman to ever come back to sports after being a mother. You have women on the tour who are mothers and you have female athletes in different sports who are mothers who still continue to play.

Kerri Walsh Jennings who is a legendary beach volleyball player gave birth to three kids. When she played in the 2012 Olympics to win gold she was five weeks pregnant. Still continues to play and still chasing for glory in the Tokyo Olympics. Kerri is 40 years old. This is only one example of female athletes who are mothers and continue to make a living being athletes.



I think it is annoying cause you have women in real life who are mothers and they give birth to multiple kids, in some cases single mothers in which their husbands are probably serving overseas, widowed, divorced or in jail. There are no accolades of them, and some of these mothers have modest income. They are not privileged like Serena to afford nannies or babysitters. They are not rich, opulent and have a husband like Serena does. In some ways, the pushing Serena as a mother down people's throat is disingenous and an insult to regular people who don't accolades, press or sponsors for being mothers.


Is anybody tired or annoyed with the media's infatuation with Serena as a mother.
+1. Thank you for this post!
 
Also, there’s Victoria Azerenka who’s a mother and active on tour. But no accolades for her; not to mention she’s a single mother at the same time.

Previously is was Kim Clijsters who came out of retirement and having a baby and won the US Open.
From memory didn't Kim seem quite reticent about bringing her child into conversation? Such a likeable person & winning three of the first five slams she entered after her comeback was newsworthy. Didn't have to paint herself as some role model/hero for women, she just got on with it.
 

cluckcluck

Hall of Fame
From memory didn't Kim seem quite reticent about bringing her child into conversation? Such a likeable person & winning three of the first five slams she entered after her comeback was newsworthy. Didn't have to paint herself as some role model/hero for women, she just got on with it.
Exactly! It didn’t define her like the media is doing with Serena.
 

weakera

G.O.A.T.
Let's be honest, Serena was never a media darling, Sharapova was the real media darling. The media did not start warming up to Serena until she won her 18 GS. Tennis establishement started to realize the money Serena brought to the sport and their other blonde great hopes all flopped like Buchard, Oudin and etc
Being real, it also has to do with the drifting media climate and increasing inclination towards celebration of diversity. I've seen so many people refer to Serena as not just the female GOAT - but the tennis GOAT in recent months.
 

Elektra

Professional
From memory didn't Kim seem quite reticent about bringing her child into conversation? Such a likeable person & winning three of the first five slams she entered after her comeback was newsworthy. Didn't have to paint herself as some role model/hero for women, she just got on with it.
That is why the media fanfare with Serena is disingenous. I don't have a problem with Serena but the media circus with Serena and her child. To me personally I would never push my child on social media like that and letting everyone know about the child's daily life. I don't believe in pushing children in front of the public eye like that. Children should be protected and once Alexis becomes old enough to realize everything she will be mad at her parents for pushing her out there like that. Kids want protection, safeness and routine.

Federer, Djokovic and Murray have children and they never post daily pics and videos of their children for the world to see.
 

Elektra

Professional
Being real, it also has to do with the drifting media climate and increasing inclination towards celebration of diversity. I've seen so many people refer to Serena as not just the female GOAT - but the tennis GOAT in recent months.
Serena's accolades is amazing and it is a fair case to proclaim as GOAT and to me diversity is part of humanity. I don't really think that is the issue, it is the fact that society values celebrity over real people, real life and lack of common sense. A real person would say there are mothers who are not rich and they are amazing and providing for their children. Those are the people who matter and the people who run the world.
 

weakera

G.O.A.T.
Serena's accolades is amazing and it is a fair case to proclaim as GOAT and to me diversity is part of humanity. I don't really think that is the issue, it is the fact that society values celebrity over real people, real life and lack of common sense. A real person would say there are mothers who are not rich and they are amazing and providing for their children. Those are the people who matter and the people who run the world.
Sorry but in this American cultural and political climate there is no doubt that Serena's race weighs heavily in her steady ascendence in terms of the media loving her. It's as if she never threatened to kill a lineswoman now.
 

Elektra

Professional
Sorry but in this American cultural and political climate there is no doubt that Serena's race weighs heavily in her steady ascendence in terms of the media loving her. It's as if she never threatened to kill a lineswoman now.
I don't care about her race, I see a person who has accomplished a lot and deserves to have good things happen for her and I am sure she is humble enough to learn from her actions with the lineswoman and to keep bringing it up is stupid for Serena haters. We all have done stupid things and Serena was young at the time, she has matured a lot so I won't hold it against her. The people who use race a lot are the racists and the establishment and mainstream media is racist.
 

weakera

G.O.A.T.
I don't care about her race, I see a person who has accomplished a lot and deserves to have good things happen for her and I am sure she is humble enough to learn from her actions with the lineswoman and to keep bringing it up is stupid for Serena haters. We all have done stupid things and Serena was young at the time, she has matured a lot so I won't hold it against her. The people who use race a lot are the racists and the establishment and mainstream media is racist.
I agree. You don't care about her race, but the media definitely does.
 

Hmgraphite1

Hall of Fame
Don't you hate people that just complain all the time. Always finding fault with someones serve. Just get a phukin life and enjoy it . When you do you won't find negativity in the positive things others are doing. Misery loves company. Look at all the losers at the pity party.
 

heftylefty

Hall of Fame
The nonstop Chase ATM commercials, on ESPN, with Serena jogging thru downtown, is more annoying. Girl can't act. Needs lessons from someone more experienced in product endorsements....Sugarpova.
Why would athlete at Serena's level need to learn to act. Maria has time to work on a second career, because her tennis days are over.
 

hipolymer

Hall of Fame
Kerri Walsh Jennings who is a legendary beach volleyball player gave birth to three kids. When she played in the 2012 Olympics to win gold she was five weeks pregnant. Still continues to play and still chasing for glory in the Tokyo Olympics. Kerri is 40 years old. This is only one example of female athletes who are mothers and continue to make a living being athletes.
yes but is she blak
 

Alba Barragan

Professional
Totally agree with you, OP.

May I also add Serena has been the reason why so many people who have no clue about tennis and admit never having seen a whole match in their life feel they have the right to express their opinion about this sport?

Since she began to spend time with dozens of celebrities and made a cult of her personality, people who are fans of Serena -the person, not the player- have tried to get involved in tennis issues without having any idea of what they're talking about. Nowadays actors, musicians, celebrities, internet personalities... they all have something to say about this sport, they see controversies where there are none, ignore incidents that deserve to be addressed, and only post things in order to get likes and be part of the bandwagon of 'woke tennis fans'.

Don't get me wrong- I don't have any problem with casual fans getting interested in our sport. On the contrary, the more the merrier. But the moment they think they know more than those who have been following this sport for years and start inventing stuff without any basis to sustain it, their presence becomes intolerable. Sadly most of Serena fans are falling into such category recently. They don't know basic things about tennis, not even basic things about their own idol. It's embarrassing. And it's all a product of Serena's overexposure.
 

Hmgraphite1

Hall of Fame
Totally agree with you, OP.

May I also add Serena has been the reason why so many people who have no clue about tennis and admit never having seen a whole match in their life feel they have the right to express their opinion about this sport?

Since she began to spend time with dozens of celebrities and made a cult of her personality, people who are fans of Serena -the person, not the player- have tried to get involved in tennis issues without having any idea of what they're talking about. Nowadays actors, musicians, celebrities, internet personalities... they all have something to say about this sport, they see controversies where there are none, ignore incidents that deserve to be addressed, and only post things in order to get likes and be part of the bandwagon of 'woke tennis fans'.

Don't get me wrong- I don't have any problem with casual fans getting interested in our sport. On the contrary, the more the merrier. But the moment they think they know more than those who have been following this sport for years and start inventing stuff without any basis to sustain it, their presence becomes intolerable. Sadly most of Serena fans are falling into such category recently. They don't know basic things about tennis, not even basic things about their own idol. It's embarrassing. And it's all a product of Serena's overexposure.
Talk about generalizing and stereotyping. You must live in box, insulated from the real world." How dare others less informed than me have an opinion on a matter 'only i' should be listened to on"
 

insideguy

Legend
Totally agree with you, OP.

May I also add Serena has been the reason why so many people who have no clue about tennis and admit never having seen a whole match in their life feel they have the right to express their opinion about this sport?

Since she began to spend time with dozens of celebrities and made a cult of her personality, people who are fans of Serena -the person, not the player- have tried to get involved in tennis issues without having any idea of what they're talking about. Nowadays actors, musicians, celebrities, internet personalities... they all have something to say about this sport, they see controversies where there are none, ignore incidents that deserve to be addressed, and only post things in order to get likes and be part of the bandwagon of 'woke tennis fans'.

Don't get me wrong- I don't have any problem with casual fans getting interested in our sport. On the contrary, the more the merrier. But the moment they think they know more than those who have been following this sport for years and start inventing stuff without any basis to sustain it, their presence becomes intolerable. Sadly most of Serena fans are falling into such category recently. They don't know basic things about tennis, not even basic things about their own idol. It's embarrassing. And it's all a product of Serena's overexposure.
Overexposure ok. She is a 23 time slam champ probably the greatest female sportsperson the USA has ever produced and its the us open. I honestly don't know what you guys want.
 
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