The truth about Serena Williams' US Open drama

The Herald Sun has doubled down on defending this cartoon

The Herald Sun has doubled down on defending this cartoon

The Herald Sun, owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, first published the caricature of Williams with exaggerated lips, stomping on her tennis racket on Monday.

"I am truly perplexed to learn this editor of the Australian newspaper behind the blatantly racist & misogynistic cartoon of my wife is a 'Male Champion of Change".

The Herald Sun faced a global backlash after it ran Mark Knight's cartoon following the tennis legend's confrontation with the US Open final umpire on Saturday.

According to Australian newspaper The Herald Sun and its cartoonist, Mark Knight, a cartoon of Serena Williams that echoes the harmful caricatures of black men and women once drawn in a shameful part of U.S. history isn't racist.

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Knight now appears to have deactivated his Twitter account and has not commented since the outrage.

Despite evidence to the contrary, a mob of Twitter users would go after Knight declaring him and his cartoon racist.

"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", he said.

An Australian newspaper that printed a controversial cartoon of Serena Williams has defended the illustration - hitting out at "self-appointed censors" in a provocative front page. Australia is a highly multicultural country, but also sees frequent public dust-ups about the use of racially and sexually loaded language. "You owe me an apology. The depiction of Serena was pretty vile", Melbourne commuter Louise Rodbourn told AFP, echoing the mood of many city workers Wednesday. "I don't think I'm a mix of three whatever, I just think I am me".

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"I have been asked about women's equality and I would find it hard to look any of the top female tennis players in the eye if I did not speak my mind", he wrote.

But some said the controversy had gone too far.

Alternatively, USTA head Katrina Adams said male players badger "the umpire on the changeovers and nothing happens".

"This is his [Knight's] job, isn't it?" Appreciation for what the 20-year-old achieved in defeating Williams has since been gathering momentum, with Nissan now appointing her its brand ambassador. However, she will now also be provided with Nissan vehicles at her tennis tour destinations.

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