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J.K. Rowling, Kathy Griffin & More Twitter Users condemn ‘Racist’ Serena Cartoon



J.K. Rowling, Kathy Griffin & more Twitter Users condemn 'Racist' Serena Cartoon | BellaNaija

Even more controversy has followed Serena Williams‘ heated argument with the referee during her US Open final loss to Naomi Osaka.

Mark Knight, a cartoonist with Australian paper The Herald Sun, has gone viral for a cartoon of the 23-time Grand Slam winner which has been described as racist.

The cartoon features a big-lipped scatter-haired Serena stomping on her racket with Osaka curiously blond.

Several Twitter users, including celebrities J.K. Rowling and Kathy Griffin have condemned the cartoonist for his depiction of the tennis stars.

Check out some of the tweets:


  1. Ada

    September 10, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    It must suck to continually live like a victim. Funny thing is the cartoon would have been okay if the cartoonist was black. One even pointed out racism, sexism and white supremacy. Looool. Jokers.

    • Artklub

      September 10, 2018 at 6:17 pm

      Wow, it must suck to open your mouth and trash just walks out.

    • by_stander

      September 10, 2018 at 6:33 pm

      Hahahahaha….Comment of the day!

    • Anon

      September 10, 2018 at 7:26 pm

      It would not have been okay if the cartoonist was black.

    • Adah

      September 10, 2018 at 7:57 pm

      This a very unfortunate comment. Do not speak about it if you have never walked in their shoes and cannot show empathy. The cartoon is not okay PERIOD

    • Engoz

      September 10, 2018 at 8:34 pm

      Don’t mind Nigerians. These are the same people that are extra sensitive and can actually commit murder, if you talk about or depict their ethnic groups in ways they don’t like, but then have the effrontery to talk about how sensitive the black American community is. I myself had to learn how not to be an idiot like Ada when it comes to their issues with race. They are the direct VICTIMS of either subtle or blatant historically racist depictions, so they should know when they are being trolled. We just stay in our cocoon and be chatting nonsense from uninformed, uneducated positions. It’s like the typical accusation of the Biafrans by detractors of having “victim mentality” to fraudulently shut them up from stating the truth that justice was, has never been served.

    • Nnenne

      September 10, 2018 at 11:33 pm

      @Engoz, Thank You!
      If you know nothing about African American struggles, please shut up!

    • Dayo

      September 11, 2018 at 3:23 am

      @Engoz, you were doing okay until you ironically fell into the just-as-bad stereotype of “we”. Nope, WE are not all as uninformed as ADA.

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      September 11, 2018 at 11:36 am

      Honestly, Nigerians make me laugh.

      Especially given the irony that this is country which continues to ENDORSE colorism and racial superiority to stupendous levels. Whether it is in how we worship our white “massas” when they arrive in country to carry out largely technical roles…. but we place them on a pedestal, elevate them and allow them enjoy the very best social and financial status which comes by dint of the paleness of their skin (and heck, you don’t even need to be white-white to enjoy this, even the Lebanese and Indians get more respek than black skin does).

      Or whether it’s in how we keep promoting more and more ways to lighten our own melanin so we can become like said white massas. Yet, we want to open our mouths to shut down the reality of racial inequality being an issue that black people in other nations have to deal with.

      The stench of our hypocrisy.

    • Anon

      September 12, 2018 at 12:24 am

      @Socially Awkward, abegi don’t mistake worshiping money that many Nigerians automatically equate with “pale”-skinned foreigners with racism.

      BTW, lightening the skin is simply IGNORANCE and is not unique to Nigerians (or even Africans). Nonetheless, as an aesthetic it is not really substantively different from white folks tanning (fake and/or real) or otherwise darkening their skin because they believe it makes them look more attractive (albeit the later is less permanent).

    • KAEto

      September 10, 2018 at 10:31 pm

      I am actually sad Serena is being pictured this way, like somebody is hurting must you add salt to injury. Thats how you know some people play with passion to reduce it, to just ego is ridiculous.

    • amaa

      September 12, 2018 at 8:44 pm

      Anger is a valid human emotion and women are judged very harshly about showing anger.

      In this country, it is terrible for women to show anger and it is catastrophic for black women to show anger, because the stereotype of the angry black woman is one that is impossible to shrug off once it has been pinned on you. It will follow you for the rest of your life; it will prevent you from getting opportunities that you deserve.

      I know many accomplished women of all races who have held themselves back in many situations because they don’t want to be considered angry or difficult; they don’t want to be called a b—-.

  2. Engoz

    September 10, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Yup, was expecting racist bastards to jump on Serena. If they can even go as far as questioning her sex, is it now race they wont denigrate? They still can’t believe how she’s been dominating the courts all these years, that they even go as far as rewriting history by totally replacing Naomi with a blond. If not for video evidence, a thousand years from now they will say Naomi was White. Freaking culture thieves.

  3. by_stander

    September 10, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    All this one they are doing can not stop the movement. The movement is real and its live!

  4. John

    September 10, 2018 at 7:15 pm


    Thsi is the best cover of all time ????

  5. Cocoa

    September 10, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    I think the cartoon is rude…but I don’t see the racism. She acted like a big baby but I don’t agree with mocking her.

    Hopefully it was a teachable moment.

    • Tara

      September 11, 2018 at 1:02 am

      she is depicted looking like a man, has overly exaggerated nose and lips which is how they used to draw golliwogs during the time of Jim Crow. It is a reduction of a beautiful black woman to an overly masculine figure with racially charged unattractive features. meanwhile the other lady is depicted a cute feminine blonde woman because that is seen as the ideal even though she is Japanese. It was drawn this way to dehumanize her and this is the kind of things that happens on a daily basis in America black women and men are not seen as human and are over policed and treated as second class citizens

    • Ovadje

      September 11, 2018 at 3:32 am

      @Cocoa, she most certainly did NOT act as “a baby” by being pissed off by being publicly accused of cheating. Not everyone has a “massa” or ‘rankadede” mentality – and frankly anyone unfamiliar with the Sambo cartoon tradition that this so-called “cartoon” follows should frankly keep his/her mouth shut rather than publicly display arrogant ignorance.

    • Cocoa

      September 11, 2018 at 11:19 am

      She acted like an ENTITLED big baby. It was SHAMEFUL behaviour. When will people stop making excuses for BAD BEHAVIOUR.

      She made comments like ” You will never work again on my court” to the Umpire. She said ” Apologise to me now”. In what world do people speak like that to people in authority? OR ANYONE for that matter.

      If she thought she was wrongly accused (even her coach admitted it..after all he knows we all saw it on camera) there is a protocol to every institute.

      She further went on to verbally ABUSE him and then BREAK her ratchet in rage.

      Just stop it.

      I pray Serena learns from this. Her behaviour was shameful. The crowd’s behaviour was shameful also. Booing a rightful winner. The Osaka girl was crying ..even apologised that she won.

      Serena will not win every game. Her loss doesnt take away from her worth. If only she knew that….that would be what is called A TRUE CHAMPION

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      September 11, 2018 at 3:47 pm

      It’ll take a long time to educate you about why her reaction had everything to do with the issue of being called a cheat.

      And for you, who is often here with very vocal opinions about your Faith and why wrong should be called out as wrong and right should be allowed to speak out and be plainly stated….. for you to deliberately refrain from realizing why this sports woman might lose her temper at a perceived injustice (especially on the very controversial subject of being called a cheat, an accusation that has grave connotations for your sporting career)…. well, that’s another kind of delicious irony.

      You speak to people however the heck you want to, in getting your message across but I guess that’s okay, since it’s for the Gospel, yes?

      That being said, she has every right to request for a chair umpires not to ever work on her court again – the judgement of humans is not an infallible thing and FYI, even in a law court, judges and jury members can be asked by counsel to recuse themselves if they show any hint of implicit bias. Chick has definitely dealt with a lot of bias at different steps on her way to dominating this game, from uncommon drug tests to allegations about her “real” gender, little wonder that now and again, she might snap.

      So hopefully, a teachable moment for everyone, including your good self.

    • Cocoa

      September 11, 2018 at 7:40 pm

      I speak THE Truth..yes (THE GOSPEL)….and I challenge you to pull up any comment of mine that has been abusive.

      Serene did not speak the truth….she spoke HER truth. There’s a big difference. And she spoke it with ABUSE ..another big difference.

      This is Serena’s character flaw. She hates to lose. She’s a sore loser. Need I remind you of 2009 , her match ended in an identical fashion. She told a line judge she would “shove the f-ing ball down her f-ing throat” ..and the lady reported immediately to the Umpire.

      Serena needs to grow. Passion does not excuse bad behaviour. Lack of self control is a serious character flaw.

      She is not to be mocked for it. But i wont praise her nor justify her misbehaviour. I wont call it racism nor sexism nor motherhood… as these things do not excuse lack of self control. Let her learn as the rest of us must what a true champion behaves like….ESPECIALLY when they are losing

    • E

      September 12, 2018 at 1:57 pm

      Still refusing to actually read and comprehend the message that Mz Socially Awkward wrote. Still sticking to your extremely narrow viewpoint without considering other opinions. That’s very classic Cocoa.

    • Amaa

      September 11, 2018 at 10:23 pm

      I need to take you out for lunch Mz SA honestly . This people don’t get it . If you live in NA you will get it . Was cartoon made of sharapova when she was caught cheating I ask

    • Ovadje

      September 13, 2018 at 12:48 am

      @Amaa, you don’t have to live anywhere specific to get it. Merely need to be enlightened and empathetic…

    • Cocoa

      September 13, 2018 at 12:18 pm

      I read, comprehended and considered her opinion. …and i came to the conclusion that I disagreed with it.

      It is okay to disagree you know.

      That I DISAGREE with you doesnt mean i can’t comprehend Loool.

      P.s: However you are right that I have a NARROW VIEWPOINT. For me it either aligns with God’s precepts or it doesn’t. And lack of self control DOESNT.

    • x-factor

      September 12, 2018 at 12:40 pm

      I love Mz Socially Awkward any day

  6. Oyin

    September 11, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    My naija brethren who maltreat our black American kin are the idiots. Racism is the fundamental issue and them sexism. The same applies when we are also mocked through these old stereo typea, of course if you never leave your village and idolize others lighter than you your eyes will not see it. We here in America live and deal with mockery and insult at work and in our neighborhood regardless of wealth and education. I’m not an object for mockery and the stereotyping of black women when expressive needs to stop.

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