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Serena Williams: Herald Sun front page defends cartoon
  Tuesday 11 September, 2018
Serena Williams: Herald Sun front page defends cartoon

An Australian newspaper which found itself at the centre of a race row over its cartoonist's depiction of Serena Williams has doubled down on its support for the artist.

The Herald Sun has hit out at those who criticised Mark Knight's drawing, which shows Williams jumping over a broken racquet next to a baby's dummy.

Critics said the cartoon used racist and sexist stereotypes.

But that did not stop the newspaper reprinting the image on its front page.

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 dull indeed".
Knight's original drawing, published in the Herald Sun on Monday, referenced Williams's outburst during the US Open final at the weekend, showing the umpire asking Japan's Naomi Osaka: "Can you just let her win?"

It led people, including author J. K. Rowling, to accuse the newspaper of racism.

"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," Rowling wrote on Twitter.

Some also said Knight had "whitewashed" Osaka, whose father is Haitian and mother Japanese. She was drawn as a white woman with blonde hair.

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

Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston also jumped to Knight's defence, saying in a tweet that the cartoon "rightly mocks poor behaviour by a tennis legend... Mark has the full support of everyone".

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-45487873

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