Herald Sun defends racist Serena Williams cartoon

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Australian cartoonist blasted for 'racist and sexist' depiction of Serena Williams

The umpires take a lot of crap from male and female multi millionaire players.

Knight's caricature shows a beefy and fat-lipped Williams jumping up and down on her broken racquet, as the chair umpire tells Naomi Osaka in the background: "Can you just let her win?".

JK Rowling and Nicki Minaj were among a "tidal wave" of critics to denounce the image by Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight after it appeared in its paper on Monday.

The cartoonist responded to criticism by pointing out that it was only about Williams' behavior on the court and said those pointing out it was racist and sexist were misinterpreting the whole thing. It had nothing to do with gender or race, ' he said.

In the fallout of the incident, the U.S. Tennis Association and Women's Tennis Association both came out in support of Williams.

"W$3 e can not measure ourselves by what we think we should also be able to get away with", she wrote for the New York Times this week.

From what Serena Williams wears on the court to being accused of cheating, the sports icon has been public enemy number one for the powers that be in tennis.

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She also moved to excuse Williams' behaviour during an interview with ESPN the following day when she suggested Williams would not have expected her outburst towards Ramos to have been captured on live TV. Did she have to behave differently only because she was Serena Williams? Later, she smashed her racket and was penalized a point. For umpires being women or men doesn't matter. "I have since texted her coach to make sure she understands that she is celebrated and how proud I am of her".

Ramos was supported - albeit belatedly - by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), who said he acted with "professionalism and integrity" while the Women's Tennis Association had earlier backed Williams' claims that she received unfair treatment. Her third violation, for calling the umpire Carlos Ramos a "thief", cost her a game.

"It was here that Ms. Williams really started to lose the plot".

"The decisions made by Ramos had nothing to do with sexism or racism".

Williams angrily confronted Ramos, demanding an apology and branding him a "liar" and a "thief", comments which prompted the official to hand down a game penalty.

"It's hard to know, and debatable, whether Ms. Williams could have gotten away with calling the umpire a thief if she were a male player", Navratilova wrote.

"At the time, I did kind of think they were booing at me 'cause I couldn't tell what was going on because it was just so loud in there, so it was a little bit stressful". "If, in fact, the guys are treated with a different measuring stick for the same transgressions, this needs to be thoroughly examined and must be fixed".

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