Alexis Ohanian Says Most People Know Him As 'Serena's Husband,' And That's Fine
Written by Black Voices on April 22, 2021
Alexis Ohanian needs the general public to know that he (unsurprisingly) feels nothing however delight in the case of being married to his legendary, history-making, tennis celebrity, designer and soon-to-be TV govt producer spouse, Serena Williams.
The Reddit co-founder — and Williams’ greatest cheerleader — posted a screenshot on Instagram of an alternate he had with a Twitter consumer who praised him for not minding being known as the husband of the 23-time Grand Slam tennis champ.
Ohanian took that remark a step additional to level out that regardless of his accomplishments or future achievements — like in the future turning into a self-made billionaire — he’ll nonetheless largely be referred to as Williams’ husband, which is ok by him.
The tech entrepreneur and investor did observe one exception: He may additionally doubtless be referred to as the dad to his and Williams’ 3-year-old daughter, Alexis Olympia.
“I’ll be a self-made billionaire in the future and most of the people will nonetheless know me as Serena’s husband (Or Olympia’s dad) and that’s nice by me,” he tweeted.
He captioned the publish on Instagram writing, “TBH [to be honest] I’m hoping to be referred to as ‘@olympiaohanian’s papa.’”
Ohanian could have directed the eye to Williams in that publish, however his personal accomplishments have garnered broad reward through the years.
The entrepreneur made headlines final yr when he introduced his resolution to step down from the Reddit board after George Floyd was killed by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. (Chauvin was convicted of two counts of homicide and one rely of manslaughter in Floyd’s dying on Tuesday.)
Ohanian, who launched a brand new enterprise agency referred to as Seven Seven Six earlier this yr, urged Reddit to fill his seat with a Black candidate, which the corporate later did. Williams praised his resolution on the time, tweeting that she was “so proud.”
“I do know Olympia might be too,” she added.
That Ohanian is proud to be known as Williams’ husband could not appear worthy of reward by itself, however Instagram customers celebrated the tech investor’s publish as a stance towards society’s historical past of undervaluing ladies’s contributions, and towards fragile masculinity, a mirrored image of how society has outlined masculinity and stereotypes about gender roles.
“I’m perplexed,” one commenter wrote. “You clearly are comfy in who you’re. Thanks for saying this stuff you’re a change agent.”
“That’s as a result of your masculinity isn’t rooted in toxicity,” one other consumer wrote.
“The place are all of the safe ass males such as you on this world?” wrote one other. “You rock Olympia’s Dad!”
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