Melbourne's Herald Sun reprints 'racist' cartoon of Serena Williams

Angelo Anderson
September 12, 2018

The Herald Sun reported on Tuesday that Knight had been mentioned on Twitter almost 74,000 times following the cartoon's publication.

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.

The cartoon, first published by the Herald Sun has now gone viral with many people calling Knight and the publication for being racist and sexist.

Australian indigenous playwright and actress Nakkiah Lui tweeted in response to the front page, saying the Herald Sun needed to "chill".

While losing Saturday's final to Japan's Naomi Osaka, Williams smashed her racket and called the umpire a "thief" and "liar".

There is a lot of material for a cartoonist in the events of the "controversial" US Open final, not least, the way men and women are still expected to conform to different types of behaviour, even different codes of dress.

"I saw the world number one tennis player have a huge hissy fit and spit the dummy". She did not stomp on her racket during the match as the cartoon portrayed.

Mark Knight also made excuses.

'A few days beforehand I had actually drawn a cartoon of Australian Nick Kyrgios and his bad behaviour at the US Open, so I'm not targeting. This is what he does for a living and we've all appreciated what he's done over the years in all different cartoons. "It's been tipped into USA racial politics and now I'm unfortunately embroiled in that". "Because I'm a woman, you're going to take this away from me?" she said. How dare you insinuate I was cheating?

The Project host Waleed Aly attempted to explain why Knight was copping such backlash.

Thomson's words note how Williams's athletic forebears - such great black champions of the early 20th century as boxers Jack Johnson and Joe Louis - were often depicted in cartoons of the era via Sambo caricatures.

Everyone from civil rights icon Rev. Jesse Jackson to "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling was outraged.

The caricature was published alongside unflattering cartoons of US President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un.

"However, it was a reminder that when a black woman, especially a dark-skinned black woman, shows emotions - she is quickly reduced to stereotypes such as the "angry black woman" or likened to animalistic imager, y to say that we aren't seen or allowed to be seen as full human beings, who can show a range of emotions".

"I can't undraw the cartoon".

The Herald Sun responded to critics accusing it of racism and sexism after publishing the drawing, writing: "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".

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