'I'm not racist' - Aussie cartoonist on Serena Williams

13 September, 2018, 12:02 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • Artist Blasted for Racist Depiction of Serena Williams at U.S. Open

Australia's Herald Sun newspaper is defending a cartoon depicting US tennis star Serena Williams having a temper tantrum that many prominent voices have deemed egregiously racist.

Yet, the rage of the fans across the world seems to have enough fire to threaten Australian cartoonist Mark Knight enough for him to have deleted his Twitter account facing huge backlash after he sketched a Serena cartoon on the Herald Sun.

Williams' outburst and the harsh penalties given to her opened up a number of debates both inside and outside tennis about Williams' outburst.

However, a perusal of Knight's body of editorial cartoons shows that no one is safe from his criticism and he regularly depicts all sorts of public figures in an unflattering light, grossly exaggerating their physical features.

As noted by the Herald Sun, fellow cartoonist Michael Leunig said Knight's cartoon was not offensive, but truthful.

The Herald Sun defended the drawing of their artist Mark Knight, which had Williams leaping over her broken racket with a baby's dummy next to it.

In Saturday's women's final, Ramos charged Williams with three violations, including a game violation, as Osaka - the 20-year-old rising star who is of Japanese and Haitian descent - went on to defeat Williams in straight sets.

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JK Rowling was among those who criticised the illustration, saying: " "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".

Stefanovic added he "hoped that she's okay with it" and that Williams would travel to Melbourne for the Australian Open in early 2019. In 2009, civil rights leaders and others criticized a New York Post cartoon that some interpreted as comparing President Barack Obama to a violent chimpanzee.

'I drew her as an African-American woman, she's powerfully built, she wears these outrageous costumes when she plays tennis - she's interesting to draw.

The newspaper defended the cartoonist, Mark Knight, on Tuesday.

In this cartoon, Serena's lips and tongue have been exaggerated while she is seen stomping on her racket in anger. "She's a lot of fun to draw and I didn't draw her with malicious racial intent".

However the National Association of Black Journalists condemned the cartoon for it's "unnecessarily sambo-like" depiction - a racist term for an African American.

Whether it is was intended or not, Knight's cartoon has been widely condemned overseas with many arguing it reinforces a growing worldwide perception that Australia is a country of racists, with one notable exception. "I tried to reply to these people but they just don't listen", he said. "That's what the cartoon was about, her poor behaviour on the court", he said.



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