Aussie newspaper defends cartoonist after controversial Serena Williams depiction

Serena Williams didn't get it her own way in the US Open final where she was repeatedly penalised for various code

Serena Williams didn't get it her own way in the US Open final where she was repeatedly penalised for various code

Australia has a serious racism problem.

I've lived there, and watched people of colour be denied entry to bars for dress code reasons, only to watch white peeps stroll in moments later wearing shorts and flip flops. That is the whole point of what they do with their art.

Knight reportedly has disabled his Twitter account after his post of the cartoon attracted tens of thousands of comments, mostly critical.

"I'm not sure if my cartoon is superior to anyone else's, but people should know that my intent was to honestly caricature Serena Williams, and capture her athletic strength and also to depict her taking the racket of sexism and smashing it - a clearly labeled "male symbol" - with her righteous anger".

Fast forward a day, and they're not backing down.

Today's front page of the Herald Sun depicts previous Knight cartoons of Australian politicians and world leaders, including former prime minister Tony Abbott depicted as Hannibal Lecter with the caption "Banned: Big ears, cannibal mask", and a topless Kim Jong-un with the words "Blocked: Belly fat, Asian stereotype".

Interesting way to react to being called out for racism. I drew her as she is, as an African-American woman.

"World's gone mad when cartoonist is targeted for saying tennis player spat the dummy-so sick of PC BS as too many confect an issue to be outraged about-that's what this is about". You are the best player at the end of this event and because of the turn of events with the crowd and the booing and everything, it wasn't the way - that was the outcome I was referring to.

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The Aussie cartoonist at the centre of an worldwide firestorm over a "racist" depiction of Serena Williams says his wife and daughter have been targeted with death threats. If I'd drawn her yelling, I'd have exaggerated her open mouth and not the lips surrounding it.

"We always had to go by the rules", Court, who dominated tennis during the 1960s and early 1970s, said according to a report in The Australian.

America's National Association of Black Journalists called the cartoon "repugnant on many levels".

"Well done on reducing one of the greatest sportswomen alive to racist and sexist tropes and turning a second great sportswoman into a faceless prop", said J.K. Rowling.

Knight said that his phone "melted down" as criticism of his portrait roiled social media all day. "It's nothing to do with race".

"I drew her as this powerful figure, which she is, she's strongly built".

'I drew her as she is. "Regardless of whether that was the cartoonist's intention, [racist caricatures are] an important frame through which many people will understand the image - and I find it very hard to believe that Knight would not be aware of those connotations", says Dr Tom Davies, senior lecturer in American History at the University of Sussex. "Well, she does have her hair dyed blonde". You owe me an apology.

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