Serena's Sass

By Dana Zillgitt, Regular ContributorSeptember 26, 2015

It shouldn’t be news that somebody asked Serena Williams during a news conference why she wasn’t smiling. It happens to women on a daily basis; we’re asked why we’re not smiling at 2pm on a Wednesday or first thing on a Saturday morning. Newsflash, we’re not required to smile every waking minute of the day, but that shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Personally, I’ve always just blamed it on chronic resting bitch face in order to move on and get a laugh.

Serena Williams is by far one of the most talented tennis stars in the world. She brings her A game to every match, and she’s had to deal with a ton of BS throughout her journey, seemingly having to justify her massive success as well as why she isn’t married with child or even why she’s placed focus on her career instead of falling into the natural trajectory of what the mass media has come to expect of its powerful women.


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During a press conference after the US Open, when she was exhausted from playing matches all day and having to get up early for practice the next morning (which is completely understandable), a male reporter had the gale to ask why she wasn’t happy, why she wasn’t smiling during the press conference-probably as an irrational joke. But her response was spot on. She simply said, “To be perfectly honest with you, I don’t want to be here. I just want to be in bed right now, and I have to wake up early to practice. And I don’t want to answer any of these questions and you guys keep asking me the same questions. It’s not really-you’re not making it super enjoyable. Just being honest.”

Pure and simple. It was clear she wasn’t having any of it.  

And this is coming after a great (but yet another) hashtag trend of #askhermore, a campaign combating the age old trend of asking women questions at any formal event-whether a press conference, the Oscars, or even just during an interview-questions about her style, her hair, even just her appearance in general instead of anything more pertinent, as their male counterparts are often asked.

Serena Williams just had the sass levels to respond back honestly and furthered the reasons why we’re rallying behind her. Her response was clear that she was tired of the same old same old in terms of questions she answers. She wasn’t having it this time, and neither should we. Kudos to you, Serena.

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About Dana

DANA_ZILLGITT_writer_bio_(1).jpgDana has her BA in International Affairs & Spanish as well as a mild obsession with rescue animals and all things caffeinated. She’s mastered the art of the selfie, fort building, and even the sass battle. Plus, she can quote 95% of Anchorman and Zoolander. 

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