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.
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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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Here’s what I saw. Serena got her ass handed to her by someone about 1/2 her age and at that moment realized she’s old and not able to compete with a rising star. Then proceeded to go 38% sheboon on the ref and had a small temper tantrum as an encore. Another example of what happens when someone that always expects to win doesn’t.
Totally agree with 36692 there. Not the first time she did it as well. Back in 2009 already same thing.
Let us not forget that this African gorilla threatened to shove a tennis racket into the throat of another referee. Serena is a cheating racist and entitled Beast that may also be female. The cartoon is spot on. Serena is the Tania Harding if the lowland Gorilla world…
How is this racist or sexist?
Are white people not allowed to make a drawing of a black woman celeb that threw a tantrum like a small child? If it was a white man that was drawn having a tantrum i bet no one would have bat an eye about it. People these days just yell racism or sexism just to get publicity. So j.k rowling is talking out the ass once more.
Is she going to start playing the Race card to cover up her declining abilities? Will she start Taking a Knee or having the
tennis ball retrievers do it for her. Maybe she'll demand only black judge her games next .
Sure sounds like a very bitter person.
The rules seem to be applied correctly, The loosers bad behaviour is the only things that stays.
Good luck to the catonist. The pic is funny.
YEAH WHY WAS IT RACIST? WAS IT BECAUSE HE DREW HER BLACK? WELL I SAY SHE BEHAVED LIKE A LOW LIFE GUTTER MONGREL WITH NO CLASS OR SPORTSMANSHIP. THEY DONT COME ANY MORE SPOILED OR SELF ENTITLED THAN THAT THROW BABY TEMPER TANTRUM. AND ITS COMPLETELY PATHETIC HOW SHE AND THE SPECTATORS RUINED OSAKA'S VICTORY. THE CARTOONIST DIDNT TURN HER INTO ANYTHING SHE WASNT ALREADY!! SHE TRULY IS A FACELESS WITHOUT DIGNITY OR CHARACTER!!! I HOPE SHE DOES IT AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN. :) SHE DESERVES EVERY PENALTY SHE GETS!!
Disgusting how she used everything from being a mother with a child and the gender card, and the edge of tears, not fair, men do it, I don't cheat, its every ones fault but my own to justify being a spoiled rotten brat!! Wahhh!! Suck it up buttercup!!