After calling tennis legend Serena Williams “a monkey” on a late-night show on B1 TV, a Romanian television show host is still in his or her position.
“Serena Williams looks just like one of those monkeys in the zoo with the red asses,” said Radu Banciu, the host of the show. According to the author, if monkeys wore trousers, they would appear just like Serena Williams does on the court.
Because of the response, Banciu was fined $1,875 by Romania’s National Council for Combating Discrimination, according to a report by the Insider.
According to a statement issued by the council, “the governing board demonstrates that slavery of people of color was predicated, among other things, on the comparison of these individuals to monkeys.”
It went on to say that such comments are an expression of strong racism as a result of their content.
As previously reported, Banciu has made racist and sexist remarks towards Moldovan women, describing them as “lazy whores.” This is not the first time Banciu has expressed such views.
He was punished, but he was not fired, as many had anticipated.
Many had predicted that Banciu would be fired from his position this time around, but it appears that he will be retaining his position.
When it comes to the racial harassment she has had to endure in recent years, tennis star Serena Williams is unwilling to be lenient.
Last September, Australian cartoonist Mark Knight came under fire for drawing a stereotypically racist picture of Williams that drew widespread criticism.
The cartoon, which was first published by the Herald Sun, quickly went viral, with many people accusing Knight and the newspaper of being racist and sexist as a result.
Williams can be seen stomping on a tennis racquet with her exaggerated lips while she is playing. The representation of her features is eerily similar to how black people were portrayed in minstrel shows and commercials during the Jim Crow era in the United States.
In contrast, Naomi Osaka, Williams’s opponent, was made to adhere to the traditional European characteristics despite the fact that she is half-Japanese and half-Haitian in ethnic background.
During the same month, three white Australian Rules football players dressed in blackface and impersonated tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams, as well as a colleague and Kenyan-born footballer named Aliir Aliir, attended a party in the same location as the Williams sisters.
Due to the widespread condemnation of their unforgivable behavior, both the players and their football club, the Penguin Football Club, have come out and expressed regret for their actions.
At the time of the interview, Williams expressed frustration about having to deal with prejudice while she and her sister, Venus, were little girls competing on the tennis court.
One time I was playing and some kids came up behind me while we were practicing and — I was maybe 7 years old at the time — they started calling me Blacky. [Both of them laugh.] It was like, “Blacky and Blacky,” they said about me and Venus. It was at that age that I had the thought, ‘I don’t really care,’ which was a ridiculous thought to have at the time.”
“Unfortunately, a lot of black individuals, particularly children and teenagers are discouraged by comments such as, ‘You don’t look beautiful,’ ‘Your hair is not pretty,’ or ‘Your complexion is too dark.’ We were taught to respect and appreciate ourselves. My father always stated that you must know your history in order to have a successful future.” If you know your history, you can have a successful future.”
I’m totally focused on what I need to do in order to be the best version of myself — and then better,” she explained.