When tennis broadcaster Annabel Croft referred to reigning French Open champion Serena Williams as 'huge', she could have been talking about a number of positive things. Unfortuantly, instead of discussing Serena's talent or legacy, Croft was making bitchy remarks about Serena's bottom.
Croft made disparaging remarks about Serena's figure during a corporate lunch. One of the LTA people invited to the lunch was offended by Croft's remarks, and spilt all to the media.
'Annabel made many personal asides about Serena, saying that she was huge. She said all Serena's dresses were very carefully designed to hide her bulk. She then moved on to concentrate on what she termed as Serena's huge backside. She said she was in the ladies' changing room and wondering who was going to wear what looked like a wedding dress. She then saw Serena getting into this dress and that the train had been carefully designed to wrap around Serena's huge backside. It was quite offensive.'
Where to start? Perhaps the fact that while all dresses are designed to flatter a woman's figure, Serena's short dresses clearly are not made to hide her bum. Perhaps that might be because she is proud of her figure, something Croft obviously cannot understand. I've also never seen a wedding dress that looks ANYTHING like what Serena is wearing. A short dress with orange undershorts designed by Nike... that would be quite the bridal look!
Croft, who earlier said that Maria Sharapova lost because of her relationship with Grigor Dimitrov, made some half-hearted attempt at an excuse for her vicious comments.
'I apologise to anyone who might have taken offence, but it was meant as a harmless piece of banter. Serena has a magnificent bottom that every woman should aspire to,' she said.
Clearly, her words are far from an apology. I'm pretty sure Croft was taking the piss when she said Serena's bottom should be aspired to by every woman. No woman should aim to look like another, no matter how amazing Serena's figure is. We are all blessed with our own size and shapes, and like Serena, we should be proud of them. But judging by Croft's comments, positive body image is something she does not understand. Serena, thankfully, most definitely does.