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.
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.
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
“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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Venus and Serena Williams with President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy.
Playing tennis in Florida.
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At the beach in Key Biscayne, Florida.
A portrait taken during the 1998 U.S. Open at the USTA National Tennis Center.
In Paris on Feb. 28, 1999.
Wearing traditional Chinese dresses, called cheongsam, at the players' party for the Super Power Challenge Cup on Jan. 6, 1999.
At the Champions Ball after the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship on July 9, 2000.
At the Teen Choice Awards on Aug. 6, 2000.
At the Women's Sports Foundation Gala in New York City on Oct. 16, 2000.
At Sports Illustrated's "Sportsman of the Year" award ceremony in New York City on Dec. 12, 2000.
At the Essence Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York City on April 27, 2001.
With Chris Tucker at the Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Celebration at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sept. 10, 2001.
Attending the Smirnoff Ice Victory Party in Las Vegas on Nov. 17. 2001.
Walking in the Super Bowl XXXVI Gridiron Glamour Celebrity Fashion Show in New Orleans on Feb. 2, 2002.
At the 2002 ESPY Awards in Hollywood, California.
Walking back to the baseline while playing Corina Morariu during the U.S. Open on Aug. 26, 2002.
Attending the premiere of "Bringing Down The House" on March 2, 2003, in Hollywood, California.
Appearing on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" at the NBC Studios on July 15, 2003, in Burbank, California.
Attending the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards in New York City.
Attending the CAA party at Variety's Beach Club during the 57th International Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2004, in Cannes, France.
Wearing three different outfits during her first three matches at the 2004 French Open in Paris.
Posing backstage at the 12th Annual ESPY Awards on July 14, 2004, in Hollywood, California.
Warming up in her match against Lindsey-Lee Waters at the 2004 US Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Sept. 1, 2004.
Returning a shot during her match against Sandra Kleinova during the US Open on Aug. 30, 2004.
Attending the "VH1 - Big in '04" on Dec.1, 2004, in Los Angeles.
Posing for a portrait in 2005 in Los Angeles.
Christening the $5,000 Evian bath in the presidential suite at the Hotel Victor on Feb. 23, 2005, in Miami Beach, Florida.
At Olympus Fashion Week Fall 2006 in New York City.
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.
At MTV's Total Request Live on Aug. 28, 2007, in New York City.
At the Luca Luca Spring 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on Sept. 8, 2008, in New York City.
Arriving at the 2009 ESPY Awards on July 15, 2009, in Los Angeles.
Attending the Gucci for FFAWN Day event alongside Donald Trump on Sept. 16, 2009, in New York City.
Arriving at the 2010 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 7, 2010, in West Hollywood, California.
Attending the 4th Annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood luncheon on Feb. 24, 2011, in Beverly Hills, California.
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