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Artist says Serena Williams Cartoon was about “her poor behaviour… not race”



Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight

Mark Knight, the artist whose cartoon depiction of star tennis player Serena Williams got the internet buzzing has said that the cartoon isn’t racist.

In an interview with Australian publisher, Herald Sun, who are solidly behind the cartoonist, Knight said that the cartoon was about her reactions which earned her penalties on Sunday night’s US Open finals.

“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. The cartoon about Serena is about her poor behaviour on the day, not about race. The world has just gone crazy.”

On pulling down his account amidst uproar on Twitter, Knight revealed that he did it to protect his family from the abuse.

The cartoon which caused an uproar for depicting racist stereotypes showed a caricature of Serena Williams stomping on her tennis racket as the chair umpire told US Open champion Naomi Osaka in the background: “Can you just let her win.”

In the image, Serena had enlarged facial features (nose and lips) and Osaka, of Haitian and Japanese origin, was depicted as a white woman.

Photo Credit: Jake Nowakowski


  1. Stella

    September 12, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    That’s how me I was it .

  2. Tolu

    September 12, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Sorry, but that drawing is ugly, it does not look anything like Serena, except the fact that the tutu outfit shows it’s her. He had no reason to draw the cartoon. What is his business or problem with Serena that he draw an awful cartoon drawing of her then publicise it and sits on the fence expecting not to get a uproar from the drawing what airhead does or thinks that. Y cause trouble for yourself.

    U see that is what happens when you try to mock good people u end up making a mockery of yourself and to your Innocent family.

  3. Girly

    September 12, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Better you pulled down your account. When someone has being of good behaviour all the while and suddenly because he/she is human, react otherwise, people say it is poor behaviour.

    They have been on Serena since testing her of drug alone regularly, the jumpsuit issue, and now this.

    Others have admitted especially her male colleagues of doing the same thing, even worse WITH the SAME Umpire and were not penalized. He felt ‘Oh how can a woman talk to me like that or I will show her I am a man: And then, the penalty. But she will never ‘cheat to win but rather lose’.

    And please Serena, don’t retire because of childbirth, just give yourself sometime to rest, if the passion still burns inside you. if that should be the case, all women should sit at home and be useless because you are a mother. No, nothing is stopping us, we bring forth life to the world and are still superwomen that our children and husbands are proud of. Childbirth aint stopping us of greatness.

    You keep winning Serena, always! You are a legend!

  4. Charles Bandiera

    September 12, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    are kidding my not only is it racist its rude and disrespectful. Clearly you have a lot to learn and I hope that you can one day admit your mistake so you grow as a person. It blows my mind that when someone informs you of your wrongdoing you sit there looking proud. Knowing all along that you would get this reaction.. But you know racism didn’t begin nor will it end with you. But your shameless racist cartoon doesn’t help. I am not sure how many African Americans you know but you should befriend one clearly you need some feedback before printing. You made the headline but not as a champion like Serena Williams but for being disrespect jerk,. I hope your proud.

  5. zzzzzzzzzzz

    September 13, 2018 at 8:54 am

    It’s just a cartoon, why are people so uptight

  6. Maxine

    September 13, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Are you bloody kidding me?? This cartoon is so reminiscent of the racist ‘coon’ (excuse my use of that distasteful word) cartoons of old. Where features of black people were exaggerated…. the man should be ashamed of himself.

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