Stop Saying that Serena Williams is a 'Victim'

Paola Ditto
Settembre 14, 2018

According to Australian newspaper The Herald Sun and its cartoonist, Mark Knight, a cartoon of Serena Williams that echoes the harmful caricatures of black men and women once drawn in a shameful part of USA history isn't racist.

"Criticism of Mark Knight's Serena Williams cartoon shows the world has gone too PC & misunderstands the role of news media cartoons and satire", he said.

Serena Williams hugs Naomi Osaka, of Japan, after Osaka defeated Williams in the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in NY.

Knight's caricature showed a butch and fat-lipped Williams jumping up and down on her broken racquet, having spat out a dummy.

Mr Knight, who has a reputation for controversial cartoons, was pilloried for his portrayal.

For its Wednesday edition, the Herald Sun filled its front page with cartoons, including the contentious Williams image, along with likenesses of United States president Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Australian prime minister Scott Morrison.

The veteran cartoonist added Wednesday he had suspended his Twitter account to protect his family and friends.

During the ESPN broadcast of the trophy ceremony, Williams tried to quiet the racuous, booing crowd of 20,000-plus and put her arm around Osaka.

'It had nothing to do with gender or race, ' he said in the publication. She added that Ramos could have prevented the incident with clear communication.

The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and Billie Jean King were among those to back Williams, with the latter calling out a "double standard" in the game. Williams called Ramos a "thief' and a "liar" for charging her with a point penalty, and also slammed her racket to the court, breaking it during the match".

"We can not measure ourselves by what we think we should also be able to get away with", Navratilova wrote. For me, it blows my mind, but I'm going to continue to fight for women.

"At the end of the day, Serena could have handled it a little bit differently".

She said: "My favourites are Serena [Williams] and [Roger] Federer".

Controversy and turmoil has been roiling ever since Ramos gave Serena Williams a violation for receiving coaching during last Saturday's final defeat to Naomi Osaka. "The fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions and wants to express themselves and wants to be strong woman".

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