Serena Williams must be pretty annoyed that she doesn’t live in simpler times right about now. It’s one thing to mess up and go a little nuts when you feel you’ve been wronged, but then to lose your match and end up the laughing stock of . . . well, the world, that’s a whole other ball game.
The now infamous Serena Williams foot fault video probably has the young tennis star cringing. After all, when most of us lose our temper, we don’t end up with more than 248,437 people watching us (and that’s just the views on one video on YouTube, there are multiples available). That being said, this is a prime example of social media going viral.
What exactly happened? Well, Williams was playing against Kim Clijsters, an unseeded Belgian tennis player when the line judge called her on a foot fault . . . her foot had been over the line when she served. Serena Williams’ outburst was what cost her the game, since she had already received a code violation after breaking her racket at the end of the first set. Reportedly, she told the line judge that she would kill her, costing Williams yet another point.
Since she was defending her U.S. Open title, it makes sense that Williams would be more than a little upset about losing the game. Clijsters is going on to play in the finals and Williams is officially out.
On Twitter, the news quickly spread, as it often does on this popular social media site. Combine the two, Twitter and YouTube and you have a video that is ripe for going viral. It also seems that everyone who was watching the match made their own YouTube video . . . you’ll find a vast array of the exact same video on the site.
While the event would have been well broadcast anyway, you have to admit that there are a large number of people who wouldn’t have been watching the game. Even non-tennis fans are flocking to YouTube to watch the video and leave comments, many of them racist in nature. In fact, the nastiness of the comments really makes you realize that the real anger wasn’t on the court, but off.
To top things off, many people are saying that the call WAS a bad one and she didn’t have a foot fault . . . what do you think? Either way, death threats aren’t exactly appropriate action, even if you are very pissed off.