Mark Knight’s Serena Williams cartoon gets full support of Herald Sun

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Even Amul's cartoon, filled with its usual buttery cuteness, drew ire for the accompanying text on Twitter: #Amul Topical: Ms William's tantrums in US Open Finals', because of the use of the word tantrums.

Everything, everyone has to be "politically correct" - except Serena fans who actually do a disservice to Serena's prowess every time they pick up a petty fight - be it booing Naomi, or abusing Mark Knight. "Mr. Ramos' decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules and were re-affirmed by the US Open's decision to fine Serena Williams for the three offenses".

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.

The newspaper has reprinted the same cartoon, with many other cartoons to show that they have never been biased against Serena.

In doing so, Knight draws facial features reflecting the dehumanizing Jim Crow caricatures so common in the 19th and 20th centuries.

In Britain, where fiercely competitive tabloids often trade in sensationalism, Rupert Murdoch-owned newspapers have been accused of sexism, racism and xenophobia over the years.

"There's nothing inaccurate in the cartoon, but I'm sorry it's being taken by social media and distorted so much", he said. It's about bad behaviour, certainly not race.


But others, including Herald Sun editor Damon Johnstone, said the cartoon simply highlighted Williams' poor behaviour. Maybe there's a different understanding of cartooning in Australia to America ...

Co-host Georgie Gardner interjected, wondering if Williams herself was concerned with the cartoon. "This is not a joke", she told the AP. "Huge reaction which I think, in itself, is fascinating".

This isn't the first time a cartoon in a News Corp. newspaper has drawn allegations of racism.

"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", said J.K. Rowling.

Comedian Kathy Griffin jumped in, as did Rapper Nicki Minaj on her Queen Radio show.

"She's a fantastic tennis player and we should all see past that", commuter Donna Weitacher said. But unfortunately the cartoon has been I guess picked up and distorted.

Today's front page of the Herald Sun depicts previous Knight cartoons of Australian politicians and world leaders, including former prime minister Tony Abbott depicted as Hannibal Lecter with the caption "Banned: Big ears, cannibal mask", and a topless Kim Jong-un with the words "Blocked: Belly fat, Asian stereotype". He added, "A champion tennis player had a mega tantrum on the world stage, and (the) cartoon depicted that".

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