An Australian newspaper which had doubled down due to making a cartoon of multiple legendary Grand Slam champion Serena Williams has announced widely that they have denounced that the cartoon is racist in the US as well as in the home country. In the statement which was released today by the editor Damon Johnston of Herald Sun, the editor said that the cartoon “had nothing to do with gender or race.”
Johnston has revealed that “A champion tennis player had a mega tantrum on the world stage, and (the) cartoon depicted that,” by referring to the piece which was published by the cartoonist named Mark Knight on Monday soon after the final of US Open where Williams had a was engaged in a dispute with the umpire as according to Williams the umpire had treated her in a sexist way.
In the cartoon, Williams was seen jumping up and down next to a pacifier and a broken racket with large and exaggerated lips and nose which is the remembrance of a racist picture of the African-American people in the US during the era of Jim Crow. Whereas the opponent of Williams, Naomi Osaka of Japan is pictured as a skinny blonde woman and in that cartoon, the umpire is saying to the Japanese player, Can’t you just let her win?”
The black journalists, US-based National Association, have revealed the cartoon to be repugnant on many levels. The group has even revealed that “(It) not only exudes racist, sexist caricatures of both women, but Williams’ depiction is unnecessarily sambo-like.”
Mark Knight, on the other hand, is an award-winning cartoonist who has been working for Herald Sun for a long time. The cartoonist told his employer that he was quite “amazed” from the reaction to the cartoon and he also told his employer that the cartoon or the cartoonist did not attract any sort of cynicism when the cartoon was picked up on Twitter.