Australian Paper Reprints Racist Cartoon Of Serena Williams After Public Backlash
Days after the Herald Sun ran a highly offensive cartoon displaying the greatest athlete in the world as a caricature of herself, the publication used the front page of their Wednesday paper to run the image again.
Many have taken issue with the image, noting it’s overtly racist, sexist tone in chastising Serena Williams over her disagreement with an umpire during her final September 8 match at the US Open against Naomi Osaka.
The Herald Sun decided to double down on their efforts in becoming the most distasteful newspaper in the world by blasting the idea of political correctness with the headline “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 says.
Mark Knight, the artist who drew the cartoon, recently shut down his Twitter account citing that he could no longer respond to critics.
“It had nothing to do with gender or race,” he recently stated in an op-ed with the Herald Sun.
Ironic that he can’t handle commentary when he used a cartoon to make blatant assumptions on Williams.
The publication gathered numerous past images to convey the message that people should stop being so sensitive in criticizing satire–which makes not the slightest of sense. Satire exists to critique so that you can examine the message and reflect on your internal viewpoints. The cartoon is far from satirical–it is racist, sexist and void of any real thought.
Knights depiction of Williams distorts her body and likens her to some type of raging beast, pulls from archaic hurtful descriptions used to vilify Black people. Using the “pc” argument is very much akin to the “snowflake” argument used by white nationalist to divert attention when they are called out for being racist.
But we should not be so surprised because the Herald Sun bis owned by Rupert Murdoch, the same man who owns Fox News.