By Evan Bleier / September 11, 2018

Cartoonist Denies Depiction of Serena Williams at US Open Is Racist

Mark Knight has responded after his drawing in the "Herald Sun" went viral.

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Serena Williams of The United States celebrates victory during the Ladies Singles second round match against Christina McHale of the United States on day five of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

On Monday, Australian newspaper The Herald Sun ran a cartoon depicting Serena Williams destroying her tennis racket while US Open opponent Naomi Osaka spoke with a judge in the background.

After the images of the cartoon began to circulate online, Mark Knight’s cartoon was criticized for being racist as well as sexist.

Following the criticism, the newspaper’s editor, Damon Johnston, came out in support of Knight and the drawing. “[The] cartoon is not racist or sexist …. it rightly mocks poor behavior by a tennis legend … Mark has the full support of everyone [at the paper],” he tweeted.

Knight also defended his drawing. “The cartoon was just about Serena on the day having a tantrum. That’s basically it,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Despite the denials by Knight and Johnson, many have continued to denounce the cartoon.

It appears as if the critiques have led Knight to delete his Twitter account as of now. However, the paper issued a different response.

https://twitter.com/MarkDiStef/status/1039484020684406784

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