Paper defends Serena Williams cartoon

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"It rightly mocks poor behaviour by a tennis legend", Johnson tweeted.

Williams' heated exchanges with an umpire at the tournament final this week have stirred the tennis world.

She was then issued three code violations, which ultimately equaled $17,000 in fines.

"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", said J.K. Rowling.

But he denies this in the video above.

So, Serena William's loss to Naomi Osaka at the US Open 2018 last Saturday has, as expected, far-reaching impact - and collateral damage. Knight's cartoon conjures up a range of such caricatures that were branded on memorabilia and popularized on stage and screen of the era, including the minstrel-show character Topsy born out of "Uncle Tom's Cabin", as well as the title character in 1899's "Little Black Sambo".

The newspaper claimed on Tuesday that the illustration, which depicts Williams as an overgrown baby having a tantrum with exaggerated lips, nose and muscles, had "nothing to do with race".

He responded to the criticism by pointing out he had drawn an unflattering portrayal of Australian male tennis star Nick Kyrgios "behaving badly".

"W$3 e can not measure ourselves by what we think we should also be able to get away with", she wrote for the New York Times this week. It would have been interesting, for example, if a man had made a decision to wear a body suit at the French Open, and I'm still intrigued to know if Williams's choice of a tutu for the US Open was a direct comment on the unspoken demand that she dress more like a lady (and not a Wakandan warrior). It obliterates the fact that she is one of the greatest athletes of all time. Sometime later, she smashed her racket in frustration.

Australian cartoonist Paul Zanetti weighed in saying it was the job of cartoonists to call out bad behaviour and not fall prey to an increasingly politically correct culture. The vitriol and the hatred that has been unfurled as a result - I mean, the cartoonist, we understand, has security now outside his house.

After the match, Twitter users and tennis commentators alike said the penalties assessed to Williams were excessively harsh, and some said they may have reflected sexism and racism in tennis officiating.

Williams was unhappy at the violation call and complained to Ramos she hadn't taken any signals.

'I think freedom of speech is so important.I hope that she can see the amusing side of it and I hope she is here in January.

WTA CEO Steve Simon said in a statement that "there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men [vs.] women and is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same". It is therefore only logically that she be treated in a hostile manner by the forces for whom the image of black female excellence, success, autonomy, self-confidence and wealth is a threat.

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