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Tennis Legend Serena Williams Calls Out The New York Times On The “Glaring Mixup”

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Serena Williams called out The New York Times on their mix-up with the picture of her with her sister, Venus Willams. The article in the print edition of the paper was about Serena Williams and her raising a whopping $111 million for her venture capital firm named Serena Ventures. But the newspaper’s inset picture showed her sister, another Tennis legend, Venus Williams instead of her.

This goof-up was called out by netizens who enquired if the same mix-up would have happened in the case of a white man’s picture? The 23 Grand Slam singles titles holder Serena Willams also took to her Twitter to share a picture of the article and slammed the NYT.

In her tweet, she wrote, “No matter how far we come, we get reminded that it’s not enough. This is why I raised $111 million for @serenaventures. To support the founders who are overlooked by engrained systems woefully unaware of their biases. Because even I am overlooked. You can do better @nytimes.”


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Earlier Serena Ventures Twitter account shared about the funds raised. “The big day is here! We’re thrilled to announce that Serena Ventures has raised a $100 million fund to power early-stage startups focused on improving our lives through innovative products and services…,” it read.

Serena Williams Calls Out New York Times

After the tweet by Serena Williams pointing to the glaring mix-up by the NYT gained momentum on Internet netizens and her followers slammed the news organisation too. The NYT Business replied to her tweet. They wrote, “This was our mistake. It was due to an error when selecting photos for the print edition, and it did not appear online. A correction will appear in tomorrow’s paper.”

But people were not satisfied with this reply of NYT and further questioned this statement further. A netizen wrote, “An ‘error’ that was missed by jow many eyes on the way to final print and before distribution? From journalist to distribution, how many Black people had a hand in producing this piece? My guess is 0. There lies your problem.”

The host of the show Amplified With Aisha Mills, Aisha C Mills wrote, “What a piss poor response. The error in “selecting photos” is that your systems think all Black people look alike. Own up to THAT. Biased algorithms, racial ignorance and lazy editors. That’s how this happened.”

(Feature Image Credit: Serena Williams/ Instagram)