Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Australian newspaper defies criticism, reprints Serena Williams cartoon

Australian newspaper defies criticism, reprints Serena Williams cartoon

The paper doubled down on Mark Knight's drawing - the one depicting Serena with exaggerated lips, hair and nose after her U.S. Open outburst - reprinting the piece Wednesday and claiming the world is too sensitive.

Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston defended Knight and the cartoon saying the cartoon "had nothing to do with gender or race".

Under the headline "Welcome to PC world", the paper said: "If the self-appointed censors of Mark Knight get their way on his Serena Williams cartoon, our new politically correct life will be very boring indeed".

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

An Australian newspaper republished a controversial cartoon of American tennis great Serena Williams, defying widespread accusations it is racist.

Karl continued, 'The moment we start trying to crack down on cartoonists is a slippery slope to a world that I just think is changed beyond recognition'.

Williams, who has since been fined $17,000 by the United States Tennis Association for the violations, vigorously disputed each of them during the match.

It boils down to the fact that the cartoon "plays on historically racist ways of drawing black people", says actress and activist Kelechi Okafor.

The image triggered widespread allegations of racism against illustrator Mark Knight. I think that's what's resonates with people so much about Serena's journey, and explains the hysterical reaction against her.

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Twitter comments about Pope's illustration appear fall into the two camps - the original Herald Sun cartoon was a racist depiction of Serena Williams, while those who sided with it said it was simply a caricature of a sportsperson having an on-court meltdown.

Michael Miller, executive chairman of News Corp Australasia, which publishes the Melbourne's Herald Sun, defended his cartoonist.

At the US Open, Umpire Carlos Ramos warned Williams for receiving coaching from the sidelines before docking her a point for smashing her racket.

"I drew her as this powerful figure, which she is, she's strongly built".

"World's gone mad when cartoonist is targeted for saying tennis player spat the dummy-so sick of PC BS as too many confect an issue to be outraged about-that's what this is about".

'A few days beforehand I had actually drawn a cartoon of Australian Nick Kyrgios and his bad behaviour at the US Open, so I'm not targeting. She added, "There have been many times when I was playing that I wanted to break my racket into a thousand pieces.

Mark has the full support of everyone".

"Caricature is hard. I've often taken the Spider-Man mantra to heart: 'With great power comes great responsibility, '" says Litton, a veteran sports cartoonist and National Cartoonists Society award victor who has also caricatured tennis champ John McEnroe.

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