Cartoonist Mark Knight Comes Under Fire for Serena Williams Cartoon

Lynette Rowe
September 14, 2018

"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", another passage from the cover reads.

US Open Tennis champion, Naomi Osaka, reveals on The Ellen Show what Serena Williams said after her shock win.

Williams, a 23-time grand slam victor, was beaten by Naomi Osaka in the US Open final after having a heated row with umpire Carlos Ramos. Appreciation for what the 20-year-old achieved in defeating Williams has since been gathering momentum, with Nissan now appointing her its brand ambassador. Serena was given three code violations with the third one being a game penalty.

Another person identified as an "senior figure" told the Guardian that umpires felt Ramos was "hung out to dry" after the incident and that "no one is standing up for officials" amid reports that the incident is fueling talks of a boycott.

"I think the umpire, he did what was within his rights".

"I saw Federer twice and I feel like I nearly knocked him out because I was running in the hallway".

"Of course I'm very excited the Olympics are going to be held in Tokyo", added Osaka, who is of Haitian and Japanese descent and was raised in the United States.

Ramos did not penalize the men for what they said.

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She later was fined $17,000 ($10,000 for verbal abuse, $4,000 for the coaching violation and $3,000 for racket abuse).

Knight's cartoon in response to Williams on-court and off-court antics quickly came under fire from Chicago sports radio host Julie DiCaro.

"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", Rowling wrote on Twitter.

However, he would go on to recant his observation.

She said Williams" outburst "poisoned the atmosphere' for her opponent Naomi Osaka.

The cartoonist responded to criticism by pointing out that it was only about Williams' behavior on the court and said those pointing out it was racist and sexist were misinterpreting the whole thing.

Michael Miller, executive chairman of News Corp Australasia, which publishes the Melbourne's Herald Sun, defended Knight.

According to the Associated Press, the Herald Sun used the reprint to address - and ultimately dismiss - the controversy surrounding the cartoon, which was drawn by Sun editorial cartoonist Mark Knight and first shared online Monday.

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