Newspaper defends 'racist' Serena Williams cartoon

Newspaper defends 'racist' Serena Williams cartoon

Williams was defeated in a 6-2, 6-4 loss against Naomi Osaka at the U.S. Open Women's Final.

"A champion tennis player had a mega tantrum on the world stage, and Mark's cartoon depicted that", Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston said.

Williams called chair umpire Carlos Ramos a "thief' and a "liar" for charging her with a point penalty, before ultimately enforcing a game penalty against the American".

It led people, including author J. K. Rowling, to accuse the newspaper of racism. But he was also criticized over his depiction of Osaka, the child of a Japanese mother and Haitian father, as a slender blond woman. Williams is drawn noticeably larger with stereotypical and exaggerated black features.

Knight labelled the outcry against his cartoon as a sign that the "world has just gone crazy".

For its Wednesday edition, the Herald Sun filled its front page with cartoons, including the contentious Williams image, along with likenesses of U.S. president Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Australian prime minister Scott Morrison. She later said Ramos' treatment of her was sexist because male players have said worse things and not been punished the way she was.

An Australian newspaper that printed a controversial cartoon of Serena Williams has defended the illustration - hitting out at "self-appointed censors" in a provocative front page.

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Following the backlash, Knight rebuked criticism that the cartoon was racist and sexist, and suspended his Twitter account to "protect his family and friends", the Sun wrote Tuesday.

That sparked a debate about whether she was treated more harshly than male tennis stars like John McEnroe, who was famous for his angry outbursts.

"He did what he had to do in that match, because she overcame the limit".

The new U.S. Open champion, Naomi Osaka, was a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday and she talked for the first time about her whirlwind experience over the last week.

'In comparison, I never saw (Rafael) Nadal shouting like that with an umpire, ' she said. Strycova asked. "I find it interesting that she did it only when she was losing".

After the match, Twitter users and tennis commentators alike said the penalties assessed to Williams were excessively harsh, and some said they may have reflected sexism and racism in tennis officiating.

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