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A 'labor-intensive domestic charade', article drags Serena Williams & Alexis Ohanian's relationship

Monica Otayza
Sep 24, 2018
04:47 P.M.
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Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian get slammed for showing ‘perfect relationship’ on social media all the time. The ‘labor-intensive domestic charade’ article points out why the couple does this.

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An article entitled “The Very Public Love of Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian” was posted by Heather Schwedel last September 20, and it placed the couple’s public relationship on a dark light.

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The post discussed the ‘relationship goals’ peg that the couple seems to be going for – especially Serena’s husband and Reddit founder and tech entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian. Alexis is well known for praising Serena and being the ideal husband full of romantic gestures and sweet surprises, as told by his frequent posts on social media.

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The article explicitly says that Alexis “includes the whole world in his overtures to his wife if not because he craves praise for absolutely killing it at the feminist-husband game.” It also includes, “on the whole, the Williams-Ohanian family’s online content is extremely cute, but it also feels like a pretty baroque and labor-intensive domestic charade.”

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Fans of the tennis superstar were outraged upon reading an online article that caused offense to not only the couple but their fans as well. Twitter users threw in negative comments to the writer of the article, Schwedel. They went in to defend Serena and Alexis for being a legitimate happy couple. One of the tweets were from Roxane Gay, author of Trask Take, “Also, it’s refreshing to see a black woman being actively adored by her partner. That’s rare.’ Another came from actress Jackee Henry, “Which editor is responsible for approving this nonsense?”

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While everyone is entitled to their own opinion, there should always be a limit as to what accusations should be posted on social media. It’s called respect. Although the article included some praise for Serena’s journey of motherhood and how she handled the events that came with having a child, the main point was to call out and question the couple’s authenticity in posting their love and appreciation for each other.

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