‘Welcome To The PC World’: Australian Newspaper Doubles Down, Reprints Serena Cartoon
Australian newspaper The Herald Sun reprinted their now-famous Serena Williams cartoon, calling out the “politically correct” police who accused the newspaper of printing a racist depiction.
Prominent left-leaning figures, including J.K. Rowling and Florida’s Democratic congressional candidate Pam Keith slammed The Herald Sun for promoting racist tropes.
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. https://t.co/YOxVMuTXEC
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 10, 2018
Did you mean for this to come off as racist as it does? Because it was a punch to the gut. Felt like I was looking at an archived cartoon from the 1930s. Wow…. just, yeah…. wow. Whatever point you were trying to make, you revealed a WHOLE LOT more about you, than Serena
— Pam Keith (@PamKeithFL) September 10, 2018
But today, The Herald Sun doubled down and actually reprinted the cartoon illustrated by Mark Knight.
In a front page headlined “WELCOME TO THE PC WORLD,” the Serena cartoon in question is accompanied by a depiction of President Trump and Kim Jong Un, which are also labeled as offensive and racist.
Below a graphic that reads “satire free zone,” The Herald Sun suggests “if the self-appointed censors of Mark Knight get their way on his Serena Williams cartoon, our new political correct life will be very dull indeed.”
So The Herald Sun’d front page is fairly front foot… pic.twitter.com/rDiFKqb5TR
— Matt Somerford (@somerfjord) September 11, 2018
Knight, who deactivated his Twitter account after receiving intense online hate, defended his cartoon as being about Williams’ “poor behavior on that day, not about race.”