Cartoonist Slammed for “Racist & “Sexist” Drawing of Serena Williams at the U.S. Open

Cartoonist Slammed for “Racist & “Sexist” Drawing of Serena Williams at the U.S. Open

Cartoonist Mark Knight is catching rather a lot of warmth for his cartoon rendering of Serena Williams, which was revealed in Monday’s (Sep. 10) version of Australian tabloid The Herald Solar.

The drawing comes after an intense last at the U.S. Open through which the 36-year-old clashed with umpire Carlos Ramos, who accused her of breaking the guidelines by receiving instruction from her coach in the stand.

Knight’s cartoon exhibits an especially exaggerated caricature of Williams, with enlarged lips and a a lot bigger determine, stomping on her tennis racket with a pacifier close to her ft, suggesting that her conduct at Sunday’s U.S. match was infantile.

The picture of the 23-time Grand Slam winner has been labeled “racist” and “sexist,” and has drawn anger from all sides of the web, even compelling Nicki Minaj to provide Knight the “C**ksucka Of The Day” award on her “Queen Radio” present.

The drawing additionally confirmed Ramos saying “Are you able to simply let her win?” to Williams’ opponent Naomi Osaka, who Knight falsely depicted as a small white girl with straight blonde hair. FYI: Naomi Osaka is NOT a small white girl with straight blonde hair. She is of Haitian and Japanese heritage, which has been identified by many customers on social media who’re nowhere close to right here for this cartoon.

Nicki Minaj wasn’t the solely celeb to weigh in on the cartoon and name Mark Knight out for creating such a demeaning picture to signify a black girl. Writer J.Ok. Rowling additionally slammed Knight for his image, calling out its racism and sexism, whereas ESPN commentator Jemele Hill mentioned the drawing was “about as refined as Fran Drescher’s voice.”

In an try and defend himself towards accusations that he doesn’t maintain male tennis gamers accountable for their outbursts throughout matches, Knight tweeted out one other latest cartoon he’d drawn of male Australian participant Nick Kyrgios.

“Right here’s a cartoon I drew a number of days earlier than when Australian male tennis participant Kyrgios at the US Open was behaving badly,” Knight tweeted, together with the cartoon. “Don’t carry gender into it when it’s all about conduct. I’ll settle for your apology in writing.”

Some folks identified that this isn’t the first time Mark Knight’s work has been deemed “racist.”

The argument over Williams’ passionate response to Ramos throughout the U.S. Open has centered on the query of whether or not Williams was handled in a different way as a result of she’s a black girl.

After Knight posted his controversial picture, one Twitter consumer revealed a number of cases through which Ramos appeared to basically give white tennis gamers (female and male) a slap on the wrist for the identical actual conduct.

Following Williams’ controversial loss, she was fined $17,000 from her $1.85 million prize: $4,000 for the teaching warning, $3,000 for breaking her racket and $10,000 for the “verbal abuse” she directed at Ramos, the United States Tennis Affiliation mentioned.

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