Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Aussie cartoonist slammed over 'racist' portrayal of Serena Williams

Serena Williams had a massive fallout with the chair umpire Carlos Ramos at the US Open 2018 Final Serena Williams had a massive fallout with the chair umpire Carlos Ramos at the US Open 2018 Final
| 15 September, 2018, 15:18

Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston extended the defence on Twitter as he denied any racism or sexism.

The Herald Sun newspaper printed an edited portion of the cartoon - featuring 23-time Grand Slam victor Williams jumping on a broken racket during her dispute with a chair umpire in the U.S. Open final - among caricatures of other famous people Wednesday under the headline "Welcome to the PC World".

Naomi Osaka, the young tennis star whose mortification across the net from her idol, Serena Williams, added to a memorable TV spectacle at the U.S. Open Saturday night, has rebounded to score a major endorsement deal.

He also Tweeted out the front page of the Herald Sun that reads, "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".

Knight's Twitter account appears to no longer be active.

But Knight said his drawing wasn't meant to be racist and that it was inspired only by what he viewed as "poor behavior" displayed by Williams in the finals of the US Open this weekend.

The above is actually relevant when talking about Mark Knight's cartoon for the Herald Sun, especially when you consider how the outlet reacted to the worldwide uproar.


An Australian cartoonist faced criticism yesterday for portraying tennis superstar Serena Williams using what Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling described as "racist and sexist tropes".

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

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. "It rightly mocks poor behaviour by a tennis legend..."

An Australian newspaper has found itself at the centre of a race row over its cartoonist's depiction of Serena Williams and is doubling down on its support for the artist.

"Mr. Ramos" decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules and were reaffirmed by the U.S. Open's decision to fine Serena Williams for the three offences'. "She's passionate. She was speaking out and I think for Ramos, he was a little defensive at that point, and was fed up as opposed to saying, 'Okay, let's get back to business, '" Adams said.

'Ramos is tough, one of the best umpires in the world, he did what he had to do in that match, because she overstepped the limit. Williams is drawn noticeably larger with stereotypical and exaggerated black features.

It boils down to the fact that the cartoon "plays on historically racist ways of drawing black people", says actress and activist Kelechi Okafor. She continued to vent, calling the umpire a "liar", for which she lost a game.

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