“It had nothing to do with gender or race” Herald Sun backs Mark Knight’s cartoon on Serena Williams

THE Herald Sun has backed Mark Knight’s cartoon showing Serena Williams throwing a tantrum during the final of the US Open.

In response to criticism from US media and on social media channels, Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston said: “A champion tennis player had a mega tantrum on the world stage, and Mark’s cartoon depicted that.

“It had nothing to do with gender or race”

Mark Knight’s cartoon.

Knight said he was “amazed” at the reaction to his cartoon, depicting Serena spitting the dummy and stamping on her tennis racquet as the chair umpire told US Open champion Naomi Osaka in the background: “Can you just let her win.”

“I drew this cartoon Sunday night after seeing the US Open final, and seeing the world’s best tennis player have a tantrum and thought that was interesting,” he said.

“It’s been picked up by social media in the US and my phone has just melted down.

“The world has just gone crazy.”

The American star was fined for coaching, racquet abuse and for verbal abuse when she accused umpire Carlos Ramos of being “a thief” during Saturday’s stormy final. Picture: Timothy Clary/AFP

Serena Williams’s racquet bends from the force of the throw. Picture: Timothy Clary/AFP

Knight said it was a cartoon about poor behaviour.

“Three days before I had drawn a cartoon about Nick Kyrgios being led off by the ears, like you used to do with your children,” he said.

“The cartoon about Serena is about her poor behaviour on the day, not about race.”

Knight said he had been unfairly criticised on social media channels.

“I tried to reply to these people but they just don’t listen,” he said.

“On any given day you are a hero and on any given day you are a pariah.

“And you just have to live with it.”

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Michael Miller

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Criticism of Mark Knight’s Serena Williams cartoon shows the world has gone too PC & misunderstands the role of news media cartoons and satire. Poor behaviour in any sport needs to be called out. #media #cartoons #markknight @Knightcartoons @theheraldsun

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Peter Blunden

@PeterBlunden_

Australia’s finest cartoonist Mark Knight has the strongest support of his colleagues for his depiction of Serena Williams’ petulance. It’s about bad behaviour, certainly not race. The PC brigade are way off the mark…again.

10:18 AM – Sep 11, 2018 · Melbourne, Victoria


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damon johnston

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@Knightcartoons cartoon is not racist or sexist …. it rightly mocks poor behavior by a tennis legend … Mark has the full support of everyone @theheraldsun

10:39 AM – Sep 11, 2018


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Nick Papps

@SundayHSEditor

World’s gone mad when cartoonist is targeted for saying tennis player spat the dummy-so sick of PC BS as too many confect an issue to be outraged about-that’s what this is about with @Knightcartoons,Mark Knight’s a man of the greatest character-proud he’s in our paper

Peter Blunden

@PeterBlunden_

Australia’s finest cartoonist Mark Knight has the strongest support of his colleagues for his depiction of Serena Williams’ petulance. It’s about bad behaviour, certainly not race. The PC brigade are way off the mark…again.

10:55 AM – Sep 11, 2018


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Serena Williams smashes her racquet while playing Naomi Osaka. Picture: Kena Betancur/AFP

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