Serena Williams is a successful woman that’s built like a man. So when the word “woman” was put in quotations on her cover for GQ, it pretty much reaffirmed what everyone else was already thinking. Except the outrage was due to a huge misunderstanding.
GQ named Serena Williams its 2018 Woman of the Year on Monday, but found itself in hot water for a controversial design choice featured on the tennis superstar’s cover.
On Williams’ cover, she stands confidently in a long-sleeve black turtleneck bodysuit. In the typeface, the word “Men” in “Men of the Year” is crossed out, with the word “Woman” scripted in handwritten font in its place — and put in quotation marks.
Critics accused the magazine of mocking Williams, with some pointing out that GQ‘s previous Woman of the Year covers did not have the word in quotation marks.
GQ couldn’t lean more left than Demi Lovato after she found a forgotten stash of smack and her favorite spoon if they wanted to. They’re about as progressive as progressive gets. So I doubt subliminal trans insults are being pitched as ideas to the editor. Also the quotations on the word “woman” comes from an effeminate, clearly homosexual, black designer Virgil Abloh. Who happens to put quotations on all of his work because it’s cool and allows him to overcharge for underwhelming merchandise. I doubt anyone involved in creating her cover planned to throw her under the bus. Because if they did, she’d just lift the bus off of her with her amazing manly biceps. The woman is built like a brick, house. She’s mighty mighty, and lets those tennis balls hang out.
I can’t believe no one at GQ thought perhaps with misogynistic and violent trans insults that Serena (and Venus) have dealt with for the last almost 20 years, to not put woman in quotation marks. Editorial rooms are a fucking disaster, all over this country. I’m offended for her pic.twitter.com/97yaP18etC
— #ImWithStacey👡 (@seabethree) November 12, 2018
Because it was handwritten by Virgil Abloh of Off-White, who has styled everything in quotation marks as of late (see Serena’s US Open apparel that he designed)
— Mick Rouse (@mickrouse) November 12, 2018