GQ magazine courted backlash this week for the way it featured tennis great Serena Williams in its Men of the Year cover story package. The controversy began soon after the outlet tweeted cover shots of her, as well as fellow 2018 honorees Henry Golding (“Crazy Rich Asians”), Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther”) and Jonah Hill (“Mid90s”). 

Unlike the three male-identified stars’ covers, Williams’ featured the word “MEN” crossed out, with “WOMAN” written above it—in quotations. The New York Times and other media outlets reported that critics swiftly called the magazine out for playing into the frequent racistsexist and transphobic attacks that Williams has endured throughout her career.

GQ’s only response came from research manager Mick Rouse, who tweeted that Louis Vuitton artistic director Virgil Abloh worked on the cover and used the quotation marks in tandem with his design signature:

Rouse’s explanation was not sufficient for several of the magazine’s critics.

Williams’ cover image, whose accompanying profile debuts online tomorrow (November 15), wasn’t the only one that got people talking. The Huffington Post Asian Voices notes that Henry Golding made history as the first Asian “Man of the Year” in GQ’s history.