Controversial Serena Williams Cartoon Ruled ‘Non-Racist’ By Press Council


The Australian Press Council has dominated controversial Serena Williams cartoon revealed by Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper in September didn't breach Australia's press requirements.

The cartoon in query, created by cartoonist Mark Knight, depicts Williams in a match of rage together with her mouth open vast, fists clenched and leaping above a damaged tennis racket and a child's pacifier. The picture references Serena's outburst following throughout her loss within the US Open finals in opposition to Naomi Osaka.

"Specifically, concern was expressed that the cartoon depicted Ms. Williams with giant lips, a broad flat nostril, a wild afro-styled ponytail coiffure totally different to that worn by Ms. Williams in the course of the match and positioned in an ape-like pose," the council mentioned in a assertion.

"The council thought-about that the cartoon makes use of exaggeration and absurdity to make its level however accepts the writer's declare that it doesn't depict Ms Williams as an ape, reasonably exhibiting her as 'spitting the dummy,' a non-racist caricature acquainted to most Australian readers."

Knight informed the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday he was "very completely satisfied" with the council's ruling.

"I can't be altering the best way I draw cartoons as a result of I believe I am a really free and truthful cartoonist and I settle for points on their deserves and draw them as such," he mentioned

Several celebrities have known as out Knight and Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper for the tasteless picture, together with "Harry Potter" writer J.Ok. Rowling, comic Kathy Griffin and Jemele Hill. “

Well executed on decreasing one of many best sportswomen alive to racist and sexist tropes and turning a second nice sportswoman right into a faceless prop,” J.Ok. Rowling posted.

ESPN’s Jemele Hill noted the racism is “About as delicate as Fran Drescher's voice.” Kathy Griffin tweeted, “Hey @Knightcartoons simply change your identify to KKK Cartoons. Racist piece of shit!”