Australian newspaper reprints 'racist' Serena Williams cartoon

Australian newspaper reprints 'racist' Serena Williams cartoon

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

Cartoonist Mark Knight's controversial drawing showed Serena Williams stomping on her tennis racket with a pacifier close to her feet. He insists that his cartoon wasn't about race, but about Williams' behavior during her confrontation with umpire Carlos Ramos during the U.S. Open final.

For its Wednesday edition, the Herald Sun filled its front page with cartoons, including the contentious Williams image, along with likenesses of U.S. president Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Australian prime minister Scott Morrison.

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

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

Knight's tweet of his cartoon has been liked almost 4,000 times, while approximately 4,200 people have commented on it.

Williams clashed with Ramos over penalties she thought she did not deserve and ultimately lost to Naomi Osaka, a 20-year-old player born in Japan.

The same day world No.25 Barbora Strycova lambasted Williams' claims of sexism and offered her own suggestion for the tennis legend's display.

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A CARTOONIST has defended his sketch of tennis champ Serena Williams after it was branded racist. Poor behaviour in any sport needs to be called out, ' Mr Miller wrote on Twitter.

'I know that some people find things offensive like that, but it is satire, and it is an art, and if you don't like it, you don't have to watch it or read it, ' Stefanovic said.

One astute Twitter user would point out that Osaka wears a blonde ponytail.

Still, Knight has come under withering criticism over the cartoon with many calling the thick-lipped facial features a "mammy character" and "racist".

Apart from being levied three code violation, Serena was later fined Dollars 17,000, stirring the tennis world and triggering a broader debate about double standards towards men and women in the sport.

Knight said he's not a racist, but he may rethink what he depicts in future drawings, in part because of threats over the cartoon.

In response, umpires are reportedly threatening to boycott Williams' matches, as they feel that Ramos is being unfairly criticized for his conduct during the match, according to The Times of London.

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