icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm
10 Jul, 2020 16:35

'It WASN'T blackface': Ukrainian tennis starlet Yastremska responds after backlash over now-deleted 'equality' post

'It WASN'T blackface': Ukrainian tennis starlet Yastremska responds after backlash over now-deleted 'equality' post

Rising Ukrainian tennis star Dayana Yastremska has responded to the backlash over her ‘equality’ post, which she was forced to delete, stressing that her message had been wrongly interpreted.

On Thursday the world number 25 shared a photo in which half of her body and face were painted brown, something that was meant to promote racial equality and social justice.

READ MORE: Saving face: Ukrainian tennis starlet Yastremska deletes 'equality' post after message backfires with anti-blackface brigade

In contrast to the player’s expectations the equality post instead triggered an uproar on her social media pages, with outraged users accusing the athlete of racism.

Yastremska quickly deleted pictures explaining later that she’d just tried to “share her feelings over the current situation.

Earlier today I posted pictures that I thought would spreada message of equality. It clearly did not and has been misunderstood,” Yastremska wrote.

I have been warned about the negative impact but I did not – and still don’t – consider it as a 'blackface'. I did not intend to caricature but to share my feelings about the current situation: we should all be treated
as equal.

I’m so disappointed that my message has been corrupted: these pictures divided people when they were meant to unite. That’s why I deleted them. I sincerely apologize to all the people I have offended. I truly had onlygood intentions,” the player added.

The 20-year-old player has won two WTA titles in her first two seasons as a senior professional, reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon 2019 and the third round of the Australian Open the previous January, where she was knocked out by US tennis icon Serena Williams.