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Aussie cartoonist under fire for Serena sketch
September 12, 2018
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SYDNEY: An Australian cartoonist faced withering criticism on Tuesday for portraying tennis superstar Serena Williams using − what Harry Potter author JK Rowling described as − “racist and sexist tropes.”

Mark Knight’s caricature, published in Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper on Monday, showed a butch and fat-lipped Williams throwing a temper tantrum at the US Open.

In the midst of losing Saturday’s final, the 23-time Grand Slam champion smashed her racquet and called the umpire a “thief” and a “liar.” She was deducted a point and received a US$17,000 fine, stirring the tennis world and sparking a broader debate about double standards toward men and women in the sport.

In Knight’s cartoon, Williams was seen jumping up and down having spat out a dummy as the umpire asks Haitian-Japanese tournament winner Naomi Osaka “can’t you just let her win?.”

Knight, who has a reputation for controversial cartoons, was pilloried from far and wide for his portrayal − including by a member of the US Congress and a large portion of the 22,000 people who commented on his Twitter post showing the drawing.

Agence France-Presse

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