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The French Open Have Banned Future Players From Wearing Serena Williams-Style Catsuits, Which Is Suss To Say The Least

The decision has been met with worldwide backlash, including from former greats of the sport.

Despite being one the best looks to come out of this year’s French Open, the catsuit that Serena Williams wore won’t be allowed at future tournaments if organisers have their way.

Speaking with France’s Tennis Magazine, French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli laid down the new law, saying that Williams’ outfit wasn’t “respectable”.

I believe we have sometimes gone too far. Serena’s outfit this year, for example, would no longer be accepted… You have to respect the game and the place.

Sure, Bernard.

It should be noted that the decision to wear the catsuit was not entirely sartorial: Serena Williams went through complications whilst giving labour to her child, and the suit was specifically designed by Nike to prevent blood clots.

Nevertheless, fans have taken to social media to call out the move, especially when viewed through the lens of policing what women – and specifically women of colour – can and can’t wear.

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Even Serena’s husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, and tennis great Billie Jean King, questioned the decision.

To her credit, Serena has taken the high road in the situation.

In a press conference ahead of the US Open, she said that she has the utmost respect for the French Open organisers, and hopes they understand that the catsuit was for health, not for looks.

That said, it doesn’t really matter: Williams, and any women in sport, should be allowed to wear what’s best for them and their performance. Which, considering it’s 2018, is a ludicrous thing to have to point out, but here we are.

Rosamund Pike Was Asked To Strip During Her Bond Girl Audition, So She Told Producers To Sod Off

It happened during her audition for the critically-maligned Die Another Day.

if you haven’t already noticed, Hollywood is often a shit place to be for women. The latest story of such shittiness comes from Oscar-nominated actress Rosamund Pike, who recounted the experience of auditioning for James Bond flick Die Another Day.

Sidenote: Die Another Day wasn’t even that good.

Specifically, how the producers wanted her to strip to her underwear during that audition. Which is even more concerning since this was literally her first audition as a young actress in Hollywood.

 

In an interview with Audible, Pike recounts how the producers asked her to drop her dress mid-audition after they didn’t like the formal gown she chose to wear.

“On the day, I don’t know how I got the resolve and strength of mind, but I just thought ‘Actually, sod that, if they’re gonna see me in my underwear, they better give me the job.’ So, I thought, ‘There’s no way I’m going to take off a dress in the audition for this tape to be sent around Los Angeles and to be judged on that.’”

In other words, her response was, more or less:

Nope, nope, nope.

Even worse was that, whilst critiquing Pike’s choice of gown for the audition (she specifies that the audition called for “formal wear”), one of the casting directors told her that Bond Girls wear “something more like this” while holding up three pieces of string.

Supposedly, the bold move earned her the respect of the casting director, which ultimately got her the role. Which, in turn, ended up being her big break in Hollywood.

Although this had a positive ending, Pike’s story just goes to show how far Hollywood has to go, in terms of respecting women’s boundaries in the #MeToo era. Not to mention how gross the casting process for Bond films seem to be.

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