Eish! 28.6.2016 05:46 pm

When the animals celebrated with Serena

Serena Williams attends the DirecTV Beach Bowl at Pier 40 on February 1, 2014 in New York City

Serena Williams attends the DirecTV Beach Bowl at Pier 40 on February 1, 2014 in New York City

Animal rights group Peta had a lot of people scratching their heads when they seemed to call Serena Williams’ fans racists.

An apparently innocent tweet from US animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) used what at first blush seemed like questionable wording in a post congratulating Serena Williams for her winning Sportswoman of the Year at the Black Entertainment Awards (BETs).

Peta tweeted: “So happy for @serenawilliams on her  win for Sportswoman of the Year! Animals everywhere are celebrating with her tonight,” and they included a heart emoji.

Given the history of black people being compared to animals, especially those of the simian kind, Peta tweeting something like that on the night of an award show dedicated to African-Americans made some people uncomfortable.

Predictably, the well-meaning Peta was flooded with furious posts about the tweet’s supposedly racist connotations – which turns out to be something of a major overreaction once one learns that Williams is vegan, something Peta believes animals might appreciate about the tennis champion.

Peta has not yet responded to the backlash.

Have a look at some of the outrage below:

https://twitter.com/SheilaPThatsMe/status/747524254594301953

https://twitter.com/SheikhItHaris/status/747484192208982016

 

https://twitter.com/OrganicEggggs/status/747286824603656194

https://twitter.com/TouchMyPoly/status/747664894720348160

Fortunately, we had these people to clear things up:

 

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