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Published On: Tue, Sep 11th, 2018

Cartoonist Mark Knight called racist and sexist over Serena Williams tantrum pic

Australian cartoonist Mark Knight was hit by the Internet trolls and social justice warriors, taking issue with Knight’s depiction of an angry Serena Williams with exaggerated features stomping on her tennis racket with a pacifier nearby on the court.

In the background, the chair umpire is shown asking Naomi Osaka, “Can you just let her win?”

The U.S. Open incident made headlines after Williams attacked tennis umpire Carlos Ramos, “I have never cheated in my life!” Williams told Ramos. “You owe me an apology.”

She broke her racket and late tried to claim she’s standing up for women.

Knight is refusing to apologize and standing by his drawing, as are his colleagues at the Herald Sun. “It had nothing to do with gender or race.”

“I drew this cartoon Sunday night after seeing the US Open final, and seeing the world’s best tennis player have a tantrum and thought that was interesting,” Knight said. “The cartoon about Serena is about her poor behaviour on the day, not about race. The world has just gone crazy.”

Here’s the screenshot from Twitter:

Critics were offended by the depiction of Williams in particular, suggesting she was drawn as a “racist caricature.” Others highlighted the “whitewashed” depiction of Osaka, who has Haitian and Japanese heritage; in the cartoon she has blonde hair and looks “white.”

Cartoonist Paul Zanetti said he was stunned by the backlash Knight received. “All he has done as cartoonists do is tell the truth. All he did was depict her in satirical manner,” said Zanetti. “It’s PC madness.”

“[Knight’s] cartoon is not racist or sexist …. it rightly mocks poor behavior by a tennis legend … Mark has the full support of everyone,” echoed Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston.

“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 … Mark Knight’s a man of the greatest character-proud he’s in our paper,” said Herald Sun Sunday Editor Nick Papps.

Williams said that her strong reaction was part of her fight for “women’s rights” and “women’s equality.”

She was dinged for getting coached during the match: “I’m honest, I was coaching,” her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou said after the game. “I don’t think she looked at me, so that’s why she didn’t even think I was.”

Whether Williams heard her coach or not, is immaterial. All that matters is that Mouratoglou was coaching.

“You definitely can’t go back in time,” she said, “but I can’t sit here and say I wouldn’t say he’s a thief because I thought he took a game from me. But I’ve seen other men call other umpires several things.”

Williams continued, “And I’m here fighting for women’s rights and for women’s equality and for all kinds of stuff. And for me to say ‘thief’ and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark. He’s never took a game from a man because they said ‘thief.’ For me it blows my mind. But I’m going to continue to fight for women and to fight for us to have equal [rights].”

About the Author

- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professional in 2008 on sites like Examiner and blogs: Desk of Brian, Crazed Fanboy. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) will be a licensed Assembly of God Pastor by the Spring of 2017. "Why do we do this?" I was asked and the answer is simple. "I just want the truth. I want a source of information that tells me what's going and clearly attempts to separate opinion from fact. Set aside left and right, old and young, just point to the world and say, 'Look!'" To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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