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Australian Newspaper Doubles Down On Racist Serena Williams Cartoon With New Cover

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.”

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1990

Venus and Serena Williams with President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy.

1992

Playing tennis in Florida. 

1998

At the beach in Key Biscayne, Florida.

1998

A portrait taken during the 1998 U.S. Open at the USTA National Tennis Center.

1999

In Paris on Feb. 28, 1999.

1999

Wearing traditional Chinese dresses, called cheongsam, at the players' party for the Super Power Challenge Cup on Jan. 6, 1999. 

2000

At the Champions Ball after the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship on July 9, 2000.

2000

At the Teen Choice Awards on Aug. 6, 2000. 

2000

At the Women's Sports Foundation Gala in New York City on Oct. 16, 2000. 

2000

At Sports Illustrated's "Sportsman of the Year" award ceremony in New York City on Dec. 12, 2000.

2001

At the Essence Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York City on April 27, 2001.

2001

With Chris Tucker at the Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Celebration at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sept. 10, 2001.

2001

Attending the Smirnoff Ice Victory Party in Las Vegas on Nov. 17. 2001.

2002

Walking in the Super Bowl XXXVI Gridiron Glamour Celebrity Fashion Show  in New Orleans on Feb. 2, 2002.

2002

At the 2002 ESPY Awards in Hollywood, California.

2002

Walking back to the baseline while playing Corina Morariu during the U.S. Open on Aug. 26, 2002. 

2003

Attending the premiere of "Bringing Down The House" on March 2, 2003, in Hollywood, California.

2003

Appearing on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" at the NBC Studios on July 15, 2003, in Burbank, California.

2003

Attending the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards in New York City.

2004

Attending the CAA party at Variety's Beach Club during the 57th International Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2004, in Cannes, France.

2004

Wearing three different outfits during her first three matches at the 2004 French Open in Paris.

2004

Posing backstage at the 12th Annual ESPY Awards on July 14, 2004, in Hollywood, California.

2004

Warming up in her match against Lindsey-Lee Waters at the 2004 US Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Sept. 1, 2004.

2004

Returning a shot during her match against Sandra Kleinova during the US Open on Aug. 30, 2004. 

2004

Attending the "VH1 - Big in '04" on Dec.1, 2004, in Los Angeles.

2005

Posing for a portrait in 2005 in Los Angeles.

2005

Christening the $5,000 Evian bath in the presidential suite at the Hotel Victor on Feb. 23, 2005, in Miami Beach, Florida.

2006

At Olympus Fashion Week Fall 2006 in New York City.

2007

Posing with the trophy in the players' garden after winning the Australian Open women's final match against Maria Sharapova on Jan. 27, 2007, in Melbourne.

2007

At MTV's Total Request Live on Aug. 28, 2007, in New York City.

2008

At the Luca Luca Spring 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on Sept. 8, 2008, in New York City.

2009

Arriving at the 2009 ESPY Awards on July 15, 2009, in Los Angeles.

2009

Attending the Gucci for FFAWN Day event alongside Donald Trump on Sept. 16, 2009, in New York City.

2010

Arriving at the 2010 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 7, 2010, in West Hollywood, California.

2011

Attending the 4th Annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood luncheon on Feb. 24, 2011, in Beverly Hills, California.

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