Serena Williams has dominated the sports world and the Left victim-class-du-jour this week after the serial umpire abuser tennis star has claimed "Sexism" after her U.S. Open finals loss to Naomi Osaka.
The claim stems from male oppressor, er, judge Carlos Ramos issued a code violation for cheating (To which her coach admitted, but let that go) and smashing her racket (Which she did, but let that go). After the violation was issued, an enraged Serena started yelling at Ramos, saying "You stole a point from me and you are a thief," before going on about being a mother and that men don't get penalties called against them, and several other stream of consciousness ranting at the Patriarchy.
Many sane people realize that sexism had nothing to do with enforcing a code violation in that circumstance. They chalked it up to poor sportsmanship. Well, an Australian newspaper cartoonist immortalized the moment, as newspaper cartoonists do:
And, right on cue, the cartoon is racist. The artist, Mark Knight, is racist. The Herald Sun in Melbourne is racist. Not just for the racist depiction of Williams, but for the depiction of Osaka as a white with blonde hair instead of a Japanese with curly hair. (Interestingly, no backlash for "White-washing" Carlos Ramos - but. leeeet. thaaaat. go.) The paper, unsurprisingly, faced wild backlash about the cartoon.
And then doubled down.
Instead of kowtowing at the alter of Political Correctness, the paper ran a front page with several of Knight's other cartoons, and the headline "Welcome to PC World;" and noted reasons why the previous cartoons could be considered offensive.
And Michael Miller, the Executive Chairman of the Herald Sun's parent company defended the cartoonist, “Criticism of Mark Knight’s Serena Williams cartoon shows the world has gone too PC & misunderstands the role of news media cartoons and satire,” he said. “Poor behaviour in any sport needs to be called out.”
Read more from Knight's double-down from News Australia HERE.
Respect for the spirit of the paper and Knight, who now has security outside of his house, and has received multiple death threats. That is some Trump-level trolling of the PC mob.
But, the cartoon does feature what could be seen as many traditional "Racist caricatures."
So, the question is, do you think the cartoon is racist?