Romanian journalist fined for calling Serena Williams ‘monkey with red butt’ on live TV

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Friday, September 20th, 2019 | 0
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A Romanian journalist has come under the scanner for comparing US tennis star Serena Williams to a monkey on live TV.

According to Sport24, Radu Bancui, who works for Romania’s B1 TV, made fun of Williams’ looks, calling her a “money with a red butt.”

“Serena Williams looks like those monkeys at the zoo with the red butt. If you put some pants over that butt, they look exactly as Serena Williams looks on court,” Bancui said, according to the National Council for Combatting Discrimination.

The Council later fined Bancui €1700 for his comments.

This is not the first time Williams, who finished as runner-up at the US Open recently, has been subject to racist comments.

Last year, Herald Sun’sMark Knight was criticized for creating a contentious caricature that illustrated the 23-time Grand Slam champion jumping and breaking a racket.

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