Herald Sun doubles down on Serena Williams cartoon deemed racist

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Knight drew the cartoon after watching Williams' outburst at the U.S. Open finals, and it was published in the Australian newspaper the Herald Sun on Monday.

"I think it's really interesting that the Herald Sun has not included really any other caricatures or cartoons of black people - either Aboriginal people or African-American people, black people of any descent", Clarke, who is of Afro-Caribbean descent, told Australian Broadcasting Corp.

THE world has officially gone mad when a celebrated cartoonist is condemned by the social media hordes for depicting a famous sports star throwing an unedifying tantrum.

The cartoonist suspended his own Twitter account early this week due to abuse and threats toward him and his family as a result of the cartoon.

Leading the criticism, Rowling said it had reduced "one of the greatest sportswomen alive to racist and sexist tropes".

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"Mark has the full support of everyone here".

"Black women are constantly being reminded by society's beauty standard that we're too dark-skinned, our hair is not straight enough, our lips are too big, our thighs are too large and that any emotion we feel outside of pure ecstasy is anger", she said.

Under the headline "Welcome to PC world", the paper said: "If the self-appointed censors of Mark Knight get their way on his Serena Williams cartoon, our new politically correct life will be very tiresome indeed".

The newspaper also posted a news story on the reaction to the cartoon, arguing that it was mostly people outside of Australia who disapproved of it. "It's getting harder to be a cartoonist in this insane anxious world - in this fragile angry humourless environment where leniency and understanding are in unsafe decline, and where psychic infections spread chaotically on social media with bad consequences".

Wednesday's cover featured several of Knight's cartoons, alongside reasons why they might also have been considered offensive.

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"I saw the world number one tennis player have a huge hissy fit and spit the dummy". It exaggerates her features in the way that - remember the cartoons we used to see of John Howard with the eyebrows, Tony Abbott's ears. "I'm not going to say, 'Oh, I can't draw that because that's a no-go area.' What does that say about the way the world's going?" "This classic Jim Crow era sexist/racist image does nothing but display the complete disrespect of the superstar and perpetuate the stereotype of an "angry black woman" I am appalled", wrote Jevin Hodge, the vice-chair of the Arizona Democratic Party.

Drawn by Fairfax illustrator David Pope, the cartoon replaces Williams with News' supremo Rupert Murdoch who, in turn, is now having a tantrum that his publication, the Herald Sun, isn't getting its way.

The National Association of Black Journalists called the cartoon "repugnant", adding, "not only does it exude racist, sexist caricatures of both women, but Williams' depiction is unnecessarily sambo-like".

"Rather, I think the question we have to ask ourselves is this: What is the right way to behave to honour our sport and to respect our opponents?"

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