The artist admitted that he did not want to emphasize the racial differences in his cartoon.
The cartoon with Serena Williams was criticized on the Internet because it was considered racist. However, a few days later, it was defended by the Australian newspaper.
The cartoon was painted by Mark Knight. It hit the Internet after the U.S. Open women’s final on Saturday. In the cartoon, all people can see Serena Williams who has a pretty big face. She jumps on the tennis court on a broken tennis racket. Also, the 23-time Grand Slam winner is dressed in a tutu.
This cartoon caused quite conflicting emotions in many sports celebrities and was strongly condemned.
A Japanese tennis player was depicted as a girl with snow-white skin.
The artist said that did not want to emphasize the racial differences between the two ladies. He only saw Serena's reaction to the result of the match and it seemed funny to make a cartoon. It was about Serena's behavior that day, and not about anything else.
The newspaper supported the artist and said that he, like every caricaturist, makes fun of famous personalities and nothing more.
We want to add that after the match, Williams received three fines for her behavior during the match. The 36-year-old American congratulated Osaka on the unexpected victory, but the attention of the public and journalists was focused on the behavior of Serena herself, who severely criticized the judge's actions for several times.
Despite this, Serena Williams has got great support from her fans in the stadium.