Ain't nobody got time for lazy, sexist questions and neither does Serena Williams.
The tennis legend made that very clear during a press conference for the U.S. Open this week after the win against her sister when an Italian reporter asked her, essentially, why she wasn't smiling.
The conversation went as follows:
Q: You just won a match. Normally you smile when you win, you come here, you laugh. What happens tonight? Is just because you beat Venus or because you're thinking about what is going next? What's wrong?
Now, telling a women to smile, or suggesting that they should smile, may seem innocent. But it sounds strangely familiar to the times catcallers tell women to "smile" while walking by, which is sexist. Telling a women what to do, even if it's smiling, or even implying she should be smiling for whatever reason suggests that that person has control over how that woman is supposed to feel.
Suggesting that Serena should be smiling for any reason works the same way. She doesn't owe anybody anything and no one should try to control her demeanor but her.
We're also not sure if he'd ask Tiger Woods why he isn't smiling after a long day.
She could have smiled for him, apologized or gave some sort of excuse, but that isn't the Serena Williams way.
Luckily for us, she handled the situation perfectly.
"It’s 11:30. To be perfectly honest with you, I don’t want to be here."
Her response in full:
"It's 11:30. To be perfectly honest with you, I don't want to be here. I just want to be in bed right now. I have to wake up early to practice. I don't want to answer any of these questions and you keep asking me the same questions. It's not really — you're not making it super enjoyable."
Slay, woman, slay.