Editors handpick every product that we feature. We may earn commission from the links on this page.

Serena Williams Responds to Racist Remarks About Her "Chocolate" Baby

Why would anyone think to mess with Serena Williams?

Athlete, Championship, Arm, Competition event, Muscle, Sports, Recreation, Physical fitness, Endurance sports,
Getty Images

There are many ways to react to the news that tennis god Serena Williams is pregnant, such as with delight. Or with awe, that she managed to win the Australian Open while 10 weeks along. A less acceptable way is to publicly opine about what color the baby will be, as Ilie Nastaste did last week.

Over the weekend, Nastase, a Romanian tennis legend who peaked in the 1970s, allegedly said of Williams' pregnancy, "Let's see what color it has. Chocolate with milk?" He seemed to be referring to the unborn child's skintone, as Williams is black and her fiancé, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, is white.

The International Tennis Federation immediately decried the comments, saying: "The ITF does not tolerate discriminatory and offensive language and behaviour of any kind. We are aware of alleged comments made by Romanian captain Ilie Nastase and have begun an immediate investigation so that we have the full facts of the situation before taking further and appropriate action."

Today, Williams responded to the nasty words in an Instagram post.

This content is imported from Instagram. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.

"I am not afraid unlike you. You see, I am no coward," Williams says, before quoting Maya Angelou's famous poem, "Still I Rise."

Nastase's longstanding nickname is the "Bucharest Buffoon."

Follow Marie Claire on Facebook for the latest celeb news, beauty tips, fascinating reads, livestream video, and more.

This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
More From Celebrity