Australian newspaper, The Herald Sun, has reprinted their Serena Williams cartoon on their front cover after it was labelled as being “sexist” and “racist.”
The newspaper was titled ‘Welcome To PC World’ and also included cartoons of Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump.
The Serena Williams cartoon sparked controversy and J.K. Rowling wrote: “Well done on reducing one of the greatest sportswomen alive to racist and sexist tropes and turning a second great sportswoman into a faceless prop.”
The artist who drew the cartoon deleted his Twitter soon after the controversy began.
The artist stated that the cartoon “is nothing to do with race” but many have disagreed.
Fans have take to Twitter to express their feelings on the matter.
The saddest part about Mark Knight’s cartoon depiction of Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka, is that he believes that he has done nothing wrong and that everyone is overreacting and does not understand the art of caricature. Racist bigotry at its finest.
— NUFF (@nuffsaidny) September 10, 2018
There’s caricature, and then there’s racially-based mockery using racist imagery. The Serena Williams cartoons are an example of the latter.
— Chris Buckey (@Chris_Buckey) September 12, 2018
Whether you’re offended or not is completely irrelevant. The cartoon is racist if it indisputably mocks Serena Williams based upon her race.
— David Henry (@imau2fan) September 12, 2018