Australian Paper Doubles Down on Racist Cartoon

[SIZE=6]Australian Newspaper Doubles Down On Racist Serena Williams Cartoon [/SIZE]

Mark Knight suspended his Twitter account after his caricature of the tennis star caused international backlash. The Herald Sun comes to his anti-PC defense.

By David Barden 09/11/2018 10:33 PM ET

The Australian newspaper that found itself at the center of international controversy after publishing a racist and sexist caricature of Serena Williams has doubled down on its support for the cartoonist.

The Herald Sun reprinted Mark Knight’s depiction of Williams on its front page the day after the cartoon caused a global twitter storm.

Knight’s cartoon shows the tennis legend with an exaggerated face and body jumping on her smashed racket with a pacifier nearby.

In the background of the original, a blond opponent representing Naomi Osaka faces a chair umpire who pleads: “Can you just let her win?”


The front page, which also features cartoons of Australian politicians as well as President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has a headline that reads “Welcome to PC World."

“If the self-appointed censors of Mark Knight get their way on his Serena Williams cartoon, our new politically correct life will be very dull indeed,” the tagline adds.


Knight, who suspended his Twitter account on Tuesday, has defended the cartoon and remains firm that the depiction had “nothing to do with gender or racism at all.”

“I drew this cartoon Sunday night after seeing the U.S. Open final, and seeing the world’s best tennis player have a tantrum and thought that was interesting,” he told the Herald Sun.

“The cartoon about Serena is about her poor behavior on the day, not about race. The world has just gone crazy.”

Hapo I agree. Maybe I’m not well versed on matters race, but honestly I didn’t see anything wrong with the cartoon. Blacks waache kuwa snowflakes.

Even from that front page the newspaper seems to make caricatures of whites. Maybe ningeona monkey ningekuwa offended. Ama the problem was portraying her as a petulant baby? Coz I think her actions that day were a little over the top. I don’t even want to imagine what would have happened if Osaka was white.

Or is racism anything that offends a black person?

Ok…:confused: shida kwako ni ukiitwa nyani Tu? Any other form of discrimination is alright? Good for you…


How is that discrimination? Please educate me.

I’d also like to know what was racist in the picture. I’ve heard people comment on the exaggerated lips. But that’s what cartoons do. Exaggerate existing features. For instance Gatheca’s lips are a favourite of Gaddo and co. Serena is a black woman with black features. Making a cartoon of her cannot automatically be construed to be criticising her entire race.

Nimeongea kuhusu monkeys because that’s an epithet with a racist history. But comparing someone who had a tantrum to a baby? How’s that racist? Trump is portrayed as a baby every time (because he honestly is). Why should other white people take offence? Why should we?

Kindly note I used the word ‘discrimination’ and not ‘Racism’. Her main issue was discrimination, and not racism. Enda soma hayo Kwanza…

:confused: Ok…

She was talking about the umpire, hapa tunaongelea the cartoon. That being said I agreed with her, if the rules are not enforced consistently it’s discrimination. Then again, that umpire is known for his strictness even with male players.

Unapiga maiti mswaki hapa…