Australian Cartoon of Serena Williams Causes World-wide Controversy

We spoke to the cartoonist behind it

Australian Cartoon of Serena Williams Causes World-wide Controversy Via Twitter @Knightcartoons (Mark Knight)

The Cartoonist behind a controversial illustration of Serena Williams has defended his drawings after it was labelled “racist”.

Mark Knight, an experienced cartoonist for The Herald Sun, spoke with Hughesy and Kate on Tuesday after the cartoon attracted criticism the world over since Knight tweeted it out to followers on Monday.

Knight has been accused of creating a “racist” and “sexist” depiction of not only Serena Williams, but also her opponent Naomi Osaka.

The cartoon shows an exaggerated Williams destroying a racqet with a dummy on the ground, referencing her three controversial violations during the US Open match on Saturday.

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The Herald Sun has since backed Mark Knight’s cartoon.

Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston said: “A champion tennis player had a mega tantrum on the world stage, and Mark’s cartoon depicted that.
“It had nothing to do with gender or race.”

Listen to the full chat with the cartoonist below.

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