Australian Cartoonist Savaged for 'Racist' Cartoon of Serena Williams Meltdown

Australian Cartoonist Savaged for 'Racist' Cartoon of Serena Williams Meltdown

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

Mark Knight, the cartoonist who drew the racist cartoon, said the online hate he received was "unfair" and claims that as the cartoon was about Williams' argument with the line umpire during her the U.S. Open final loss to Naomi Osaka.

Knight drew a caricature of Williams throwing a temper tantrum, which was printed in the Herald Sun, following her loss to Japan's Naomi Osaka in the US Open women's singles final in NY last weekend.

The Herald Sun editor later tweeted a duplicate of Wednesday's front page - which reproduced the toon alongside a progression of others, hitting out at "self-appointed sensors of Mark Knight".

"A champion tennis player had a mega tantrum on the world stage, and Mark's cartoon depicted that".

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Meanwhile, Martina Navratilova, an 18-time Grand Slam singles champion, says Williams was wrong in her outburst at the US Open women's final even though she agreed there is a double standard.

However, the executive chairman of News Corp Australia Michael Miller defended Knight, saying the criticism of his cartoon "shows the world has gone too PC".

The cartoon was criticized for using racist and sexist tropes. Naomi Osaka would go on to with the match in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.

The Melbourne newspaper that mocked tennis player Serena Williams can't just let her win. Poor behaviour in any sport needs to be called out, ' Mr Miller wrote on Twitter.

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.

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The image has been slammed for being racist. Sportscaster and former pro Mary Carillo described him Monday as "very, very respected", and she said that Williams occasionally "acts like a bully".

"If the cartoon was purely about bad behaviour I don't see why she had to be depicted the way she was".

Knight said he had sought to reply to comments made by people on social media 'but they don't listen'. Lynne Adams tweeted on Tuesday, "Serena Williams is a large black woman who had a complete meltdown, what is racist about this cartoon".

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".

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