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Cartoonist Denies Serena Williams US Open Depiction is Racist

15 September, 2018, 15:20 | Author: Lora Ball
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Commentator Michael Cavna of The Washington Post said "Knight draws facial features reflecting the dehumanising Jim Crow caricatures common in the 19th and 20th centuries", the era of segregation.

Under the front-page headline "WELCOME TO PC WORLD", the newspaper wrote Wednesday that "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".

The U.S. National Association of Black Journalists labeled it a "repugnant cartoon", saying it "exudes racist and sexist caricatures of both women", referring to both Williams and her U.S. Open opponent Naomi Osaka.

Leading the criticism, Rowling said it had reduced "one of the greatest sportswomen alive to racist and sexist tropes". But he was also criticized over his depiction of Osaka, the child of a Japanese mother and Haitian father, as a slender blond woman.

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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.

"A champion tennis player had a mega tantrum on the world stage, and Mark's cartoon depicted that", Herald editor Damon Johnston wrote in a statement. The paper also dedicated a full front page to the issue, prominently displaying the cartoon.

As noted by the Herald Sun, fellow cartoonist Michael Leunig said Knight's cartoon was not offensive, but truthful.

"I'm genuinely embarrassed for you", Julie Stoddart said in a tweet, while Ken McAlpine tweeted: "Poor little newspaper needs a hug".

Bernice King, the chief executive of the King Center and daughter of Martin Luther King Jr, said the newspaper's stance was "unfortunate".

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"This will trigger the perpetually offended", tweeted @RohanCT.

Some Twitter users, however, contested that the image was not racist. Lefties fingers must be bleeding! "There are still some of us who enjoy humour".

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

But instead of directing his criticism of the cartoon towards the cartoonist Mark Knight, Ohanian singled out the newspaper's "editor", who publicly defended its publication.

"I don't believe it's a good idea to apply a standard of, 'If men can get away with it, women should be able to, too",' she said.

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