Serena Williams: Herald Sun front page defends cartoon

This Mark Knight cartoon published by the Herald Sun depicts Serena Williams as an irate hulking big-mouthed Black woman jumping up and down on a broken racket. The umpire was shown telling a blond slender woman — meant to be Naomi Osaka who is

Serena Williams: Herald Sun front page defends cartoon

Everything, everyone has to be "politically correct" - except Serena fans who actually do a disservice to Serena's prowess every time they pick up a petty fight - be it booing Naomi, or abusing Mark Knight.

In 2016, Bill Leak was slammed for a cartoon that implied Indigenous fathers were alcoholics, poor parents and irresponsible, again painting a whole culture with historic and hurtful race-based stereotypes.

Williams, a 23-time grand slam victor, was beaten by Naomi Osaka in the US Open final after having a heated row with umpire Carlos Ramos.

America's National Association of Black Journalists called the cartoon "repugnant on many levels".

"I think it's disgusting".

"Knight draws facial features reflecting the dehumanizing Jim Crow caricatures so common in the 19th and 20th centuries", commentator Michael Cavna wrote.

In Britain, where fiercely competitive tabloids often trade in sensationalism, Rupert Murdoch-owned newspapers have been accused of sexism, racism and xenophobia over the years.

The cartoon caused a massive backlash on social media, with celebrities including Aussie NBA star Ben Simmons and Harry Potter JK Rowling wading into the debate (see above).

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The Herald Sun reported on Tuesday that Knight had been mentioned on Twitter almost 74,000 times following the cartoon's publication. "It had nothing to do with gender or race. this was about a bad sport being mocked". It would have been interesting, for example, if a man had chose to wear a body suit at the French Open, and I'm still intrigued to know if Williams's choice of a tutu for the US Open was a direct comment on the unspoken demand that she dress more like a lady (and not a Wakandan warrior). That's what makes a cartoon different from a portrait.

Knight's cartoon in response to Williams on-court and off-court antics quickly came under fire from Chicago sports radio host Julie DiCaro.

The cartoonist "completely missed the point of why she was upset", De Luca told The Associated Press.

"When I drew that cartoon, I wasn't thinking of racial politics in America".

This isn't the first time a cartoon in a News Corp. newspaper has drawn allegations of racism.

Knight was criticised in some quarters for being "racist and sexist". "But I'm a cartoonist and I comment on all topics". "This is not a joke", said Vanessa K. De Luca, former editor-in-chief of Essence magazine, who wrote a column about the U.S. Open furor.

The Herald Sun reprinted Mark Knight's depiction of Williams on its front page the day after the cartoon caused a global twitter storm.

Knight's depicting "the world's greatest tennis player spit the dummy" appears in the foreground with the caption: "Vetoed: Large hair and lips, too angry".

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