After Serena Williams’ Surprise Engagement, Social Media Reacts In Fury, Humor to White Fiancé

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Serena Williams and Alex Ohanian (Vinod Divakaran/Noam Galai/Flickr)

When Serena Williams announced she was engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, social media lit up with reactions, with many questioning why she decided to settle down with a white man.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion revealed the news on Reddit Thursday, Dec. 29, in a poem called, “I Said Yes,” which told the story of how Ohanian proposed. While many fans congratulated the soon-to-be spouses, several Twitter users shared their irritation about Wiliams’ choice in a life partner.

@oliviazao hoped the applause was strictly for the engagement rather than her impending nuptials to a white man.

Yogi reflected on Williams’ past relationships with Black celebrities, including rappers Drake and Common. Then, she deemed Ohanian, whose parents have ties to Armenia and Germany, demonic.

@_EnvyT_ expressed frustration over the matter.

Lu-Senpai wondered when the discussion would begin about Williams’ apparent inability to sustain a relationship with a Black man, thus leading her to choose a white partner.

@Tweetcubey blamed Black men for allowing Williams to get engaged to a white man.

@GloccRivers recognized the day as a time for grief.

Saba was far less ambiguous in his reaction.

Such responses led many to defend the tennis pro and Ohanian.

Neechi Sosa thought the anger was a relic of another decade.

@xjetblackqueenx called out the hypocrisy of Black men slamming Williams’ fiancé.

However, not everyone reacted so fiercely.

Stank Castle could see why Williams would be attracted to an entrepreneur.

@Juan_Migg seemed surprised by the athlete’s fiancé.

Rod injected some humor into the discussion.

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