Herald Sun defends racist Serena Williams cartoon

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But instead of directing his criticism of the cartoon towards the cartoonist Mark Knight, Ohanian singled out the newspaper's "editor", who publicly defended its publication. "Is this supposed to be satire, too?"

One astute Twitter user would point out that Osaka wears a blonde ponytail.

Knight shot back by claiming he'd done nothing wrong.

In a social media post, Peter Blunden, managing director of News Corp.'s operations in the state of Victoria, said: "Australia's finest cartoonist Mark Knight has the strongest support of his colleagues for his depiction of Serena Williams' petulance". The umpires take a lot of crap from male and female multi millionaire players.

"At the end of the day, Serena could have handled it a little bit differently". I asked my daughter learn from it, ' another added. And what that means is you can't criticise minority groups for poor behaviour.

"Mark has the full support of everyone here".

The original cartoon also depicts U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka, who is Japanese and Haitian, as a white woman with blonde hair.

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"It had nothing to do with gender or race".

The cartoon was intended as a lampoon of the tennis star's angry exchanges with chair umpire Carlos Ramos at the U.S. Women's Singles final in NY on Saturday. The tournament referee's office docked Williams $10,000 for "verbal abuse" of chair umpire Carlos Ramos, $4,000 for being warned for coaching and $3,000 for breaking her racket.

The front page depicts several comics, including the illustration of Williams, and commentary on other drawings. It exaggerates her features in the way that - remember the cartoons we used to see of John Howard with the eyebrows, Tony Abbott's ears.

Serena Williams is yet to comment on the cartoon.

It's entirely possible to be critical of Serena Williams' outburst and hold her accountable for her behavior without debasing her and crossing a line that many find offensive.

Ramos is deemed one of the more experienced umpires in the game with nearly 30 years of experience but for overseeing the Grand Slam final he received a fee of just £370 - a standard daily rate. Novak Djokovic, the U.S. Open men's champion, criticised Ramos, while Court backed the use of the code violation penalty.

'It is important to remember that Mr. Ramos undertook his duties as an official according to the relevant rule book and acted at all times with professionalism and integrity'. "You can have her jumping up and down, whining, crying, whatever - that's typical for sport ... you can depict people as sore losers", Dr Johnson told 3AW Radio.

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