Cartoon Depicting Serena Williams Having A Tantrum Gets Called Out For Being Racist And Sexist

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This weekend tennis legend Serena Williams had a dispute with umpire Carlos Ramos during her U.S. Open final match against Naomi Osaka. Their exchange has since been at the center of much discussion, largely overshadowing Osaka’s historic win.

Cartoonist Mark Knight chose to memorialize the argument with a cartoon in the Herald Sun.

He also posted the image on his personal Twitter.

Knight portrayed Williams in an incredibly racist and sexist manner. The image perpetuates the “angry black woman” stereotype and depicts her in a way that reeks of the social insensitivity of the 1800s instead of 2018’s allegedly progressive stances on race and gender equality.

Furthermore, Osaka’s Haitian-Japanese heritage, the details which marked exactly why her win was so historic, is completely whitewashed in Knight’s depiction.

Naturally, people are furious. One such person is Harry Potter author and Twitter savant, J.K. Rowling.

Rowling took to her favorite weapon, the keyboard, to call Knight out.

Despite the controversy he drummed up, Knight told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. that he won’t be taking the cartoon down.

Knight defended his drawing, saying:

When I watched the U.S. Open, I was sitting there like everybody else, and I saw the world No. 1 tennis player have a huge hissy fit and spit the dummy. ThatÂ’s what the cartoon is about, her poor behavior on the court. Nothing to do with gender or racism at all.

He continued his weak defense:

I depicted her as I saw her in photographs at the U.S. Open.

But the internet has no desire to deal with his clearly sexist and racist portrayal.


I think I’ll stick to re-prints of Peanuts.


H/T: Indy100, HuffPost


Written by B Miller

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