The Serena ‘tantrum’ during the US Open women’s final this weekend (see our related coverage) continues to get global media coverage. Certainly after an Australian newspaper, the Herald Sun, dared to let it’s cartoonist depict Ms. Williams as an ‘angry baby.’
You may recall that Ms Williams got coached from the stands (video footage proves this, there is no question) and got a first warning as a result, broke her own racket and got a second warning and then, in an angry outburst called the umpire a ‘liar’ and a ‘cheat’ which resulted in a third warning (docking her a game).
She lost the final to Japanese 20-year-old Ms. Naomi Osaka, who brought home a first Grand Slam title for Japan.
Related coverage: <a href="http://thegoldwater.com/news/36545-Serena-Nicki-Cardi-Celebrities-Not-Really-In-A-New-York-State-Of-Mind"> Serena, Nicki, Cardi – Celebrities Not Really ‘In A New York State Of Mind’</a>.
The Herald Sun, an Australian newspaper, decided to draw a cartoon of the final which some found funny, some didn’t.
Author Ms. J.K. Rowling (writer of the Harry Potter novels) highlighted the Herald Sun cartoon and showed it to her millions of followers on social media, after which it quickly went viral. She stated: “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.”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">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. <a href="https://t.co/YOxVMuTXEC">https://t.co/YOxVMuTXEC</a></p>— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) <a href="https://twitter.com/jk_rowling/status/1039135147415793664?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 10, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Ms. Rowling’s tweet made sure that other celebrities joined in with their opinions about the issue as well making it seem that Ms. Williams was unfairly treated during the final and was depicted by the newspaper in a ‘racist’ manner.
However, Herald Sun editor Mr. Damon Johnston said in response: “A champion tennis player had a mega tantrum on the world stage, and Mark’s cartoon depicted that. It had nothing to do with gender or race.”
The cartoonist himself, Mr. Mark Knight, then stated in defense: “I drew this cartoon Sunday night after seeing the US Open final, and seeing the world’s best tennis player has a tantrum and thought that was interesting.”
“It’s been picked up by social media in the US and my phone has just melted down. The world has just gone crazy.”
“The cartoon about Serena is about her poor behavior on the day, not about race,” he claimed.
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