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And Another Thing

Associated Press
Serena Williams talks to chair umpire Eva Asderaki during the women's championship match against Samantha Stosur on Sunday.

Peawits on parade

I knew there was a reason I don't watch Fox News.

(Well, unless I'm in need of a hearty laugh. It really is some of the best unintentional comedy on TV).

That said, Gretchen Carlson is -- how can I say this tactfully? -- a peawit.

Really, there were "racial undertones" to Serena Williams' rant at the official? And it was representative of "the entitlement generation"?

What the hell is this woman talking about?

Look, here's the deal: Serena was out of line to yell at the chair umpire, and she rightly got fined for it. But "entitled"? If anyone in tennis is less entitled than Serena and her sister, I don't know who they would be. After all, they grew up not in tony country clubs getting private lessons, but in freakin' Compton, for God's sake.

(And I would argue, because of that, it's no coincidence they're the only American women who've made a dent on the world tennis scene in the last decade. They've had to battle every step of the way to get where they are, and didn't get it handed to them like so many others in what is still largely a sport of privilege. But that's another Blob for another day).

That said ... nothing she said to the umpire was anything very different than what tennis players have been saying to chair umps for the last hundred years. If you don't believe me, go check out John McEnroe in his prime, calling the chair ump "the pits of the world." Or Jimmy Connors calling another ump an "abortion."

I don't know about you, but that trumps "unattractive hater" any day.

Then again ... this is the standard Fox M.O., to routinely call out any person of color who feels wronged. So, here was Serena, a black woman, yelling at a white woman. Can't have that, by golly. Not when so many white folk are so cruelly discriminated against every day.

I told you Fox was great for comic relief.

Anyway ... sorry, but the only "racial undertones" here were coming from Carlson. Per usual.

Only thing that shocked me:That she didn't throw an "uppity" or two in there.

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