Internet Cheers As Serena Williams Headlines Powerful Nike Ad

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

Serena Williams may not be a prominent Hollywood actress (at least not yet) but she will have a prominent role on Sunday night during the Oscars telecast.

Serena Williams and Nike have unveiled a powerful new ad campaign that's making waves all over the world.

"If we dream of equal opportunity, we're delusional. When we stand for something, we're unhinged", she says over footage of a female basketball player yelling at an umpire. "And if we get angry, we're hysterical, irrational, or just being insane", Willams narrates as a montage of female athletes adorn the screen.

The controversial ruling sparked an worldwide debate about the double standard for men and women who show emotion.

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It's hard being a woman in a field that is deemed masculine by society. A woman boxing was insane. In sports, which brags of expending fairness, female athletes are unfairly judged and are often subjected to double standards.

The one-and-a-half-minute-long video stars Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim, former WNBA star Lisa Leslie, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon - Katherine Switzer, and the United States women's national football team, along with other trailblazing sportswomen. A woman competing in a hijab, changing her sport, landing a double cork 1080 or winning 23 grand slams, having a baby and coming back for more? A woman dunking? insane.

"I myself have watched myself appraise a woman in a meeting, thinking 'oh, she's being so this, she's being so that, ' and then I have to think, 'Oh, if it were a white man who was doing this, would I think the same thing?' and sometimes the answer is 'no, '" she says.

Following an argument with umpire Carlos Ramos, in which she called Ramos a "thief", the US Open fined Williams $17,000.

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