20-year-old Ukrainian tennis star Dayana Yastremska is on the defensive, according to Fox News.
Yastremska offered a response after being criticized for posting images of her in what some considered blackface.
However, Yastremska disagreed and did not think it was blackface.
“Earlier today I posted pictures that I thought would spread a message of equality,” she posted to social media after deleting the original post.
“It clearly did not and has been misunderstood,” shes said.
“I have been warned about the negative impact but I did not — and still don’t — consider it as blackface,” she added.
“I did not intend to caricature but to share my feelings about the current situation: we should all be treated as equal…
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“I am so disappointed that my message has been corrupted: these pictures divided people when they were meant to unite. That’s why I deleted them.”
“I sincerely apologise to all the people I have offended. I truly had only good intentions.”
welp it’s gone but YEAH YASTREMSKA DID THAT pic.twitter.com/90VMsAtzTy
— kieran (@opthiemist) July 9, 2020
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Yastremska, ranked No. 25 in the world, was quickly called out by a number of fans, imploring her to remove the pictorial post.
“Girl I know you didn’t just do blackface,” a fan page for No. 10 Naomi Osaka wrote, alongside a skull emoji.
Many on social media, however, pointed to her good intentions and derided the fallout as “a complete overreaction.”