Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Cartoonist defends his racist depiction of Serena Williams and fails

The Herald Sun has doubled down on defending this cartoon Australian cartoonist blasted for 'racist and sexist' depiction of Serena Williams
Frederick Owens | 14 September, 2018, 23:30

In Knight's cartoon, Williams was seen jumping up and down having spat out a dummy as the umpire asks Haitian-Japanese tournament victor Naomi Osaka "can't you just let her win?".

The cartoon was intended as a lampoon of the tennis star's angry exchanges with chair umpire Carlos Ramos at the U.S. Women's Singles final in NY on Saturday.

Williams was later handed a point penalty for smashing her racquet in set two and was then docked a game after continuing her protests at Ramos, seemingly calling the official a "thief".

Williams was "simply outplayed and lost her temper in a big and ill-disciplined blow-up", the column said. Ramos penalized her a game for verbal abuse, something virtually unheard of in such an important match. "I have a daughter, and I stand for what's right for her", Williams shouted.

"She's a fantastic tennis player and we should all see past that", commuter Donna Weitacher said. "But I'm going to continue to fight for women".

The umpires feel that Ramos was "thrown to the wolves for simply doing his job and was not willing to be abused for it". It added that US Open organizers confirmed Ramos' decisions when they chose to fine Williams for the three offenses.

Williams was fined $17,000 for the blowup.

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

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He later shared an image of the front page, which included a series of other cartoons the newspaper was suggesting could offend the "self-appointed censors".

Asked how she felt about being a role model for young children, Osaka gave mixed signals.

A number of Twitter users showed their support on the social media site.

However, he would go on to recant his observation.

Williams was thwarted in her bid for a record-tying 24th Slam singles crown in losing to Japan's Naomi Osaka.

Following the backlash, Knight rebuked criticism that the cartoon was racist and sexist, and suspended his Twitter account to "protect his family and friends", the Sun wrote Tuesday.

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.

"A champion tennis player had a mega tantrum on the world stage, and Mark's cartoon depicted that", Herald editor Damon Johnston wrote in a statement.

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