On Monday night, bitter tennis rivals Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams competed in the first round of the U.S. Open, in which Williams obliterated Sharapova in straight sets. Casual. But while a whooping was happening on court, the most subtle of fashion drags was simmering in the stands. Williams’ husband, Alexis Ohanian, trolled the hell out of Sharapova with a simple vintage T-shirt, becoming sports husband of the year and also a shade king.
See, Ohanian was wearing a D.A.R.E. tee under his bomber, the signature script of the program’s logo just peeking out from beneath the jacket. You might look at it and think it’s just another vintage T-shirt. But Sharapova’s doping record says nope. The rivalry between Williams and Sharapova goes back years, well past the Sharapova’s doping incident in 2016, when she was temporarily banned from the sport for taking meldonium. So, while Ohanian’s “Drug Abuse Resistance Education” shirt could have just been a throwback to the greatest hits of his fifth grade wardrobe, it’s much more likely some advanced trolling.
Social media caught on to the potential passive dig and posted a picture of Ohanian cheering from the stands, with a sliver of that famous anti-drug sloganeering showing through.
This is a level of petty I aspire to be. If the shirt was indeed chosen carefully, planned for the opening match of the U.S. Open, and casually brandished in the sight of the camera, then Ohanian might be my new style icon. May we all aspire to be as snarkily calculated as this. And don’t forget, kids: D.A.RE. was an ineffective program and the war on drugs is a gigantic money-suck that disproportionally targets people of color! (The shirt’s still fun, though. Just remember: It’s ironic.)