Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Australian paper defends Serena Williams cartoon despite outrage

Australian paper defends Serena Williams cartoon despite outrage

"Mark has the full support of everyone".

In the controversial cartoon, Williams is shown with grotesque features including an oversized nose and lips, and is pictured jumping up and down with a broken racket and a pacifier, likely insinuating that Williams acted like a baby having a temper tamptrum during the final.

Her opponent, who is Japanese with Haitian heritage, is pictured as white, blonde, and tiny in comparison to Williams.

Despite the outrage, the paper reprinted the cartoon alongside unflattering caricatures of US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, attempting to portray the controversy as an effort to curtail free speech.

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


"The cartoon about Serena is about her poor behaviour on the day, not about race", Knight said.

Knight told the interviewer that "the world has gone insane", and said that his wife and children were threatened on Instagram.

"'Well done on turning one of the greatest sportswomen alive to racist and sexist tropes, '" said Knight, reading J.K. Rowling's criticism of his cartoon. Naomi Osaka would go on to with the match in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.

The National Association of Black Journalists said the cartoon was "repugnant" on many levels.

The Australian newspaper at the centre of a race row over a Serena Williams cartoon has dedicated its entire front page in support of the artist.


The United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced on September 9 that Williams must pay a fine of $17,000: $10,000 for verbally abusing the umpire, $4,000 for receiving a warning about coaching; and $3,000 for smashing her racket on the court. "She's passionate. She was speaking out and I think for Ramos, he was a little defensive at that point, and was fed up as opposed to saying, 'Okay, let's get back to business, '" Adams said.

"It rightly mocks poor behavior by a tennis legend", Johnson tweeted.

Williams was fined $17,000 Sunday by the tournament referee's office for her coaching, racket destruction and verbal abuse infractions.

Mark Knight posted the cartoon he drew about Serena Williams on his Twitter account on Monday. Williams called Santos a "thief" for the coaching ruling and in response Santos issued a third code violation, handing the game to Osaka. She later said Ramos' treatment of her was sexist because male players have said worse things and not been punished the way she was.

Adams also clarified her comments during the trophy ceremony in which she appeared to imply Williams' loss wasn't the outcome they wanted.


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