Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Cartoonist defends portrayal of Serena Williams

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Tamara Craig | 15 September, 2018, 15:16

Damon Johnston, Herald Sun editor, echoed the cartoonist's in the paper's official statement on Tuesday.

Cartoonist Knight, whose cartoon appeared in Australian newspaper Herald Sun, depicted Serena as a huge baby stomping on her smashed racket and a baby dummy lay on the court beside her while Osaka is pictured as white and blonde despite her Japanese and Haitian heritage.

The cartoon fuelled a global debate over Williams' controversial defeat by Japan's Naomi Osaka in the US Open women's singles final in NY on Saturday.

Wednesday's front page of the Herald Sun included a reprint of Knight's caricature of Williams along with cartoons of other high profile people including Donald Trump, Tony Abbott and Pauline Hanson.

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

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"Well done on reducing one of the greatest sportswomen alive to racist and sexist tropes and turning a second great sportswoman into a faceless prop", Rowling wrote on Twitter.

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However, the cartoon still drew widespread criticism, most notably online. "Ramos, effectively, had no choice but to dock her a point", Navratilova said.

The same day world No.25 Barbora Strycova lambasted Williams' claims of sexism and offered her own suggestion for the tennis legend's display. And what that means is you can't criticize minority groups for poor behavior.

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

The cartoon shows Williams drawn as hulking, muscular, with big-lips and squinty eyes in a drawing that mirrored multitudes of the infamous Little Black Sambo cartoons of the minstrel shows of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.

This has further ruffled the feathers of some umpires, with an anonymous official revealing there is a growing consensus that umpires are "not supported" by the USTA, while Ramos was "thrown to the wolves for simply doing his job and was not willing to be abused for it".

On Sunday, Williams was fined $17,000 for three code violations during her loss to Osaka. Today it ran the cartoon again, this time on the front cover, along with depictions of more public figures, with commentary alongside each one about why "self-appointed censors" might not want to see them.

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