Australian Newspaper Doubles Down On Racist Serena Williams Cartoon


In the cartoon you can see his depiction of Serena stomping on a tennis racket while a pacifier lies on the ground next to her.

As soon as we saw that Herald Sun cartoon of Serena Williams wildly jumping in the air throwing a tantrum as an inaccurately white and blonde Naomi Osaka spoke calmly with the umpire, the black community knew what was up.

The subhead read, "If the self-appointed censors of Mark Knight get their way on his Serena Williams cartoon, our new politically correct life will be very boring indeed".

Next to the headline, the paper said: 'If the self-appointed censors of Mark Knight get their way on his Serena Williams cartoon, our new politically correct life will be very tiresome indeed'.

"Black women are constantly being reminded by society's beauty standard that we're too dark-skinned, our hair is not straight enough, our lips are too big, our thighs are too large and that any emotion we feel outside of pure ecstasy is anger", she said.

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The Herald Sun, owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp (nws), provoked outrage Tuesday with a cartoon of Williams at the U.S. Open because it portrayed Williams in a style that evoked the 19th-century 'sambo' style of depicting African Americans.

As noted by the Herald Sun, fellow cartoonist Michael Leunig said Knight's cartoon was not offensive, but truthful. An indignant Williams emphatically defended herself, denying she had cheated. (Serena smashed her racket on Saturday, inviting a penalty).

"I was deeply offended. There are still some of us who enjoy humour".

"The problem is that picking up racist iconography from 100 years ago in order to attack a black woman still makes you racist, even if you think you're participating in the tradition of comics rather than in the tradition of racism", [Noah Berlatsky, author of Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter Comics] said. "It's like our opinions don't matter".

Regardless of race or sex, they are lampooned due to their behaviour. "The PC brigade are way off the mark ... again".

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The newspaper has reprinted the same cartoon, with many other cartoons to show that they have never been biased against Serena.

Later this week, it was no longer only Williams and Ramos being criticized for their conduct, but also an Australian cartoonist for his depiction of the incident.

Knight's editor at the Sun agrees with Knight's interpretation.

The New York Times wrote that the cartoon reflected a "wider pattern" of ignorance from Australians around race issues, saying the conversations in Australia were not as "robust and layered" as in the US.

In response to the controversy, the Herald Sun went a step further and shared an early copy of Wednesday's front page. "All he did was depict her in satirical manner", said Zanetti.

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