An international uproar that was caused by a controversial cartoon depicting Serena Williams having an emotional outburst during the US Open final, has prompted the Australian newspaper Herald Sun to come out in defense of their artist Mark Knight.
The cartoon drawn by Mark Knight shows Williams stomping her racquet in frustration, while in the background the on-chair umpire can be seen asking her opponent Osaka, "Can you just let her win?"
The depiction of the 2018 US Open champion has also come under fire for making her appear as a 'faceless prop'. The Australian cartoonist has been a subject of major flak from several journalists, sports broadcasters and renowned personalities for being distasteful and politically incorrect. Renowned British author JK Rowling made her sentiments felt by calling out the cartoon to be "racist".
Following the huge stir on social media, the Melbourne-based newspaper company published an article on their home page of their website backing Mark Knight. The in-famous cartoonist in the article insisted that people had completely missed the point of the caricature. Here's what he said: "The cartoon about Serena is about her poor behavior on the day, not about race.”
But with his statements causing a major uproar, the newspaper went a step further by doubling down their defense of their artist Mark Knight. The Herald Sun published a series of sketches along with the Serena Williams cartoon. The artwork featured on the front page of the newspaper with the headline: "Welcome to PC World."
The front-page features sketches of several public figures like US President Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The caption at the bottom of the page reads: "If the self-appointed censors of Mark Knight get their way on his Serena Williams cartoon, our new politically correct life will be very dull indeed."
This recent move by the Australian newspaper company to defend their artist has further angered people on social. Since sparking the outrage, Mark Knight has received several death threats and has now decided to deactivate his Twitter account to protect his family and friends.
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