Australian newspaper defies criticism, reprints Serena Williams cartoon

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

Australian Paper With Racist Cartoon Of Serena Williams Says It Has ‘Nothing To Do With Race’

Cartoonist Mark Knight put together a cartoon depicting Serena Williams acting like a child at the U.S. Open for Australia's Herald Sun.

"In this world of perpetual outrage where people are looking for victimhood, nothing surprises me", said Damon Johnston, the Herald Sun editor.

The newspaper wrote in an editorial that "if the self-appointed censors of Mark Knight get their way on his Serena Williams cartoon, our new politically correct life will be very tiresome indeed".

The Herald Sun reported on Tuesday that Knight had been mentioned on Twitter almost 74,000 times following the cartoon's publication.

Serena Williams had a confrontation with umpire Carlos Ramos at the U.S. Open final, which inspired Mark Knight's cartoon.

But instead of directing his criticism of the cartoon towards the cartoonist Mark Knight, Ohanian singled out the newspaper's "editor", who publicly defended its publication.

Rowling led widespread criticism of its Monday cartoon, saying it had reduced "one of the greatest sportswomen alive to racist and sexist tropes".

Williams, who was ranked 17th in the world, lost to 20th ranked Osaka, 6-2, 6-4, on September 8.

In 2009, civil rights leaders and others criticized a New York Post cartoon that some interpreted as comparing President Barack Obama to a violent chimpanzee.

"The cartoon is about Serena, it was about her poor behavior". And what that means is you can't criticise minority groups for poor behaviour.

Serena, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, smashed her racquet and called the umpire a "thief" and a "liar" while she was losing Saturday's final to Haitian-Japanese Naomi Osaka.

An Australian newspaper republished a controversial cartoon of American tennis great Serena Williams, defying widespread accusations it is racist. "It was a cartoon based on her tantrum on the day and that's all it was".

One astute Twitter user would point out that Osaka wears a blonde ponytail.

Knight's cartoon was criticised after some audiences perceived racist undertones in the exaggerated features present in his depiction of Williams.

Adams also clarified her comments during the trophy ceremony in which she appeared to imply Williams' loss wasn't the outcome they wanted.

For Osaka, who four years ago took a selfie with Williams outside the same court, the notion that she was the opposing player handed an advantage by the umpire seemed to fill her with agony. Asked to address the disparity in Williams' fines and Roger Federer's $1,500 fine for an expletive-laden outburst during the 2009 U.S. Open men's final, Adams said the fines are up to the discretion of the grand slam administrator, not the USTA.

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