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Serena Williams’ ‘Black Panther’ catsuit is banned from the French Open

And people are mad

Serena Williams wore a tight black catsuit at the French Open earlier this year, which she said she calls her “Wakanda-inspired catsuit”, in reference to Marvel’s recent Black Panther film. But now Bernard Giudicelli, president of the French Tennis Federation, has announced that under the competition’s new rulings the outfit would be banned.

Though he says he wouldn’t enforce as strict clothing rules as Wimbledon, where players can only wear white, Giudicelli told Tennis Magazine: “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.”

In response, Williams didn’t explicitly agree with his decision, but told reporters that she was sure the two of them could “come to an understanding and everything will be OK,” adding: “It wouldn’t be a big deal. He’s a really great guy”. But others have weighed in on social media (ofc) with much more outraged responses.

Some suggested that the ban on such clothing had racial overtones.

While American sports/politics commentator Keith Olbermann called for an all-out boycott of the competition.

Former World No. 1 tennis player Billie Jean King – recently depicted in The Battle of the Sexes – framed the ban as a feminist issue, saying the “policing of women’s bodies must end”.

Let’s hope Virgil Abloh’s Off-White collection for Serena Williams’ upcoming US Open games doesn’t cause quite so much of a stir.