Australian Newspaper Doubles Down On Racist Serena Williams Cartoon

Artist Blasted for Racist Depiction of Serena Williams at U.S. Open

An Australian newspaper cartoonist has been labelled a racist following his cartoon depicting Serena Williams during the recent US Open final.

Michael Miller, executive chairman of News Corp Australasia, which publishes the Melbourne's Herald Sun, defended Knight. Maybe there's a different understanding of cartooning in Australia to America...

Her match opponent, Naomi Osaka, who is Japanese and Haitian, is depicted as slender and blonde in the background. "I think that's probably the context of the conversation". That is the one thing I would say about it'. "Which is racist and sexist".

"But I do try to draw a better cartoon", says Alcaraz, a Latino Spirit Award-winning cartoonist who is also the creator of the syndicated political strip "La Cucaracha".

"I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality and for all kinds of stuff".

The cartoonist denied it was racist, saying he had meant to depict only the tennis player's "poor behaviour".

The Sun, which is owned by a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

It said its only commentary was on her behavior on the court and Knight, before deleting his social media presence, went on a local radio show to say he had drawn the 36-year-old "as she is", a "powerfully built", "African American woman".

"Let's get some perspective". We're equal opportunity piss-takers.

Co-host Georgie Gardner interjected, wondering if Williams herself was concerned with the cartoon. "I think that's probably the context of the conversation". How dare you insinuate I was cheating? He's had death threats. Which is precisely what that cartoon does.

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The six-time US Open champion was handed a warning for a coaching violation before being deducted a point for smashing her racquet.

Reader Stuart Bennett added: "The US public just expects everyone to knows their history and lives by their standards.ignore them they will be outraged by something else before lunch".

The Project host Waleed Aly attempted to explain why Knight was copping such backlash.

Many, including Ms Okafor, have compared it to imagery from the era of Jim Crow, which refers to laws and propaganda that enforced racial segregation in the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Among their celebrity critics is Nicki Minaj, J.K. Rowling, Kathy Griffin.

The Washington DC-based National Association of Black Journalists denounced it as "repugnant".

"Had I behaved like that on a tennis court, I would have expected to get everything that happened to Serena", Navratilova also said, Fox News reported.

An Australian newspaper has defended its cartoon of Serena Williams by republishing it on its front page under the headline "Welcome to PC world".

Williams is one of a small number of black female tennis players and is the most frequently drug-tested professional woman in the sport.

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