Lawsuit Claims NYC Shoe Store Made Racist Statements About Serena Williams
For whatever reason, people love hating Serena Williams. Not “hating on”, just hating. Every time she breaks another record or puts another parmesan crusted Becky in her place on the tennis court, scores of miserable douchebags flood social media to heave their hate onto Compton’s finest.
According to a PageSix story, that hate extends beyond 140-character thumb thugs into retail businesses as well. An NYC women’s shoe store called Gianvito Rossi is accused of labeling the Black queen “disgusting” and refused to offer her the same courtesies they offer white celebs.
The store’s former manager, Whitney Wilburn (the only Black employee for nearly 2 years), said that when Serena’s camp reached out about their celeb discount on large purchases, boss Grace Mazzilli shut it down in the most obvious of ways:
“For instance, when the world famous athlete Serena Williams, via her staff, asked for a discount on her extensive purchases, Gianvito managers responded with racially disparaging comments about Ms. Williams which made it clear that the company did not want African American women to wear its shoes,” the suit says.
The managers “referred to Ms. Williams as ‘disgusting’ and refused to offer any discount,” according to court papers.
It took ANOTHER person (likely white) to convince the store to treat Serena like the royalty that she is:
“When later pressured to do so by a contact at Vogue magazine, they offered only a fraction of the discount that white celebrities typically receive,” the suit says.
We hope Whitney extracts every red cent from these racist muthaf**kas.
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