Monday, September 14, 2009

Serena Williams Loses Her Cool at The US Open

I thought I would add this to the group of outburst and interruption videos that have been in the news lately. I'm always excited by how much we love the intensity and seeming realness of such moments at the same time as many like to moralize about what a jerk is Kanye West for his rude behavior. The thought that entertainers and athletes can so easily create these "unexpected" and "wild" moments with full knowledge of the effect is intriguing, and could be argued is a way of elevating the ante on the spotlight. Some people for instance think that the whole Kanye moment was pre-planned. Hmmm. There's certainly a way in which these events resemble a well established genre of performance art, in which the intent is to suspend an audience between two realities; the audience truly doesn't know if someone is dying or just looks like they are. Tension galore.

This recent Serena Williams outburst at the US Open was pretty intense, and I'm fairly sure completely un-premeditated. Though you can't hear it all here, I'm sure you can find transcripts of it all over the Internet by now.

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