MALE REPORTER ASKS SERENA WILLIAMS TO SMILE
There is essentially nothing more irritating than when you are tired and hangry and slugging home in heels in the downpour, and some random dude asks you to smile. For renowned people, the same is most likely true for when a reporter asks you why you’re not smiling after you’ve worked a crazy day before zillions of people and simply need to sleeeeeeep and not have everybody gazing at you. A valid example: Serena Williams’ response when a male journalist asked the tennis champion for what reason she wasn’t looking sufficiently bright at a recent US Open press conference:
“You simply won a match. Typically you smile when you win. You come in here, you laugh,” the reporter said. “What happens today evening time? Is it because you beat Serena—eh, Venus—or because you’re contemplating what is going ahead next? What’s wrong?”
“It’s 11:30. To get directly to the point with you, I would prefer not to arrive,” she said. “I simply need to be sleeping at this moment,” Serena proceeded, “and I need to wake up right on time to practice and I would prefer not to answer any of these questions. Furthermore, you continue asking the same questions. It’s not by any stretch of the imagination … you’re not making it super agreeable.”
After that, Serena laughed―and so did the rest of the reporters in the room.