West Indian Hurt Bae Asks: Why Did You Cheat?
Despite testing positive for drugs, Maria Sharapova remains cast as the victim worthy of protection in this narrative. Her white privilege allows her to receive the benefit of the doubt as someone who made a ‘mistake’ and deserves our sympathy for admitting it, rather than a cheater who got caught taking a banned substance. When Olympic Sprinter Marion Jones tested positive, THEY dragged her name through the mud. They didn’t hold her hand. They stripped her medals and tried to take the relay teams medals! Where was media sympathy for a cheater then?