Monday, 19 November, 2018

Australian newspaper insists controversial Serena Williams cartoon is not racist

Australian cartoonist blasted for 'racist and sexist' depiction of Serena Williams Australian Paper With Racist Cartoon Of Serena Williams Says It Has ‘Nothing To Do With Race’
Cassandra Castillo | 14 September, 2018, 21:58

"The Sept. 10 cartoon not only exudes racist, sexist caricatures of both women, but Williams' depiction is unnecessarily sambo-like", read the NABJ's statement.

US Open Tennis champion, Naomi Osaka, reveals on The Ellen Show what Serena Williams said after her shock win. In Knight's cartoon, Williams was seen jumping up and down having spat out a dummy as the umpire asks Haitian-Japanese tournament victor Naomi Osaka "can't you just let her win?".

Umpires are allegedly unhappy at how 2018 US Open women's final umpire Carlos Ramos was treated during and after the match.

Ramos had already dished out two violations to Williams for smashing her racquet and coaching, when he issued a point penalty for verbal abuse. Sometime later, she smashed her racket in frustration. The number-one-world ranked athlete threw a veritable temper tantrum on the court Saturday, which began when she incurred a penalty and escalated as she was penalized further by umpire Carlos Ramos for her behaviour.

"I've seen other men call other umpires several things", she said at a news conference.

"I think the umpire, he did what was within his rights".

"I saw Federer twice and I feel like I nearly knocked him out because I was running in the hallway". She added, "He's never taken a game from a man because they said 'thief.' For me it blows my mind".

"But in my mind, I was sort of, I really wanted to know what was going on".

Australian cartoonist blasted for 'racist and sexist' depiction of Serena Williams

Williams was fined $17,000 for the rules violations, and the International Tennis Federation backed Ramos, saying his "decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules".

Knight posted the cartoon on his Twitter account Monday, but has since disabled it after attracting tens of thousands of comments, majority critical.

However, he would go on to recant his observation.

She said Williams" outburst "poisoned the atmosphere' for her opponent Naomi Osaka.

Knight's twitter account has subsequently been deleted or at the very least deactivated.

Herald Sun editor, Damon Johnson also chimed in.

"The world has officially gone mad when a celebrated cartoonist is condemned by the social media hordes for depicting a famous sports star throwing an unedifying tantrum".

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.

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