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J.K. Rowling, Kathy Griffin, & More Celebrities Slam Racist Serena Williams Cartoon

J.K. Rowling, Kathy Griffin, & More Celebrities Slam Racist Serena Williams Cartoon

A cartoon from Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight is going viral for the racist depiction of Serena Williams in the aftermath of her US Open finals match.

The cartoon is still live on the Herald Sun‘s Twitter account and on Knight‘s Twitter account.

Quickly, celebrities and fans have been calling out the cartoon for the way Serena is depicted, as well as the way the finals winner Naomi Osaka is drawn.

“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,” “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling posted.

ESPN’s Jemele Hill also responded, writing, “About as subtle as Fran Drescher’s voice.”

Kathy Griffin tweeted, “Hey @Knightcartoons just change your name to KKK Cartoons Racist piece of sh*t!”

If you missed it, Serena slammed the ref at her US Open final match for accusing her of cheating during the match. She was later fined.

Serena has not yet responded to the racist cartoon.

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  • Curt Noydb

    What was racist about it?. Actually, pretty much depicts her behavior.

  • Thiran Uthaman

    Honestly, I am anti political correctness but that pic is certainly off. Putting Serena aside, look at Naomi Osaka’s drawing.There is no shred of Japanese feature in her character.

    This was more like white woman vs angry black woman, that’s what I find inaccurate.

  • Sim

    So lot people find lot things offensive doesn’t make it racist.

  • Sim

    LOL look all people quoted, yah I wouldn’t take their word for the time day, all loony leftist flame throwers.

    “Accused of cheating” since this site so on this story why haven’t you posted a story that her coach admitted to coaching her. Or that she called the Umpire a liar and theft, when she was the lying about not being coached.

  • Thiran Uthaman

    Agree. I don’t know the person behind the drawing. And it takes more information to judge a character. so i would never call the artist a racist.

  • Curt Noydb

    No, that was an accurate depiction of her when she was smashing her racket. I don’t see her behavior as bad as any of the men in pro sports but a tantrum is a tantrum. Maybe they should have “white-washed” it. Would that be more acceptable? Everything has to be about racism or sexism these days. What happened to striving for quality?

  • Sim

    If you want to be picky, her face profile looks accurate her skin tone is different than the Umpire’s, who think was Latin and her ponytail is blond because Naomi ponytail was blond.

    We have all the usual suspects in the media running to defend Serena, even thou she was lying they all blame it on a ism, they have go hunt down Australian newspaper and cartoonist just bring out the race card.

  • Sim

    If you want to be picky, her face profile looks accurate her skin tone is different than the Umpire’s, who think was Latin and her ponytail is blond because Naomi ponytail was blond.

    We have all the usual suspects in the media running to defend Serena, even thou she was lying they all blame it on a ism, they have go hunt down Australian newspaper and cartoonist just bring out the race card.

  • DEADP00L

    JK Rowling is a hypocrite. Was it last week she promoted a racist and homophobic Rabbi?

  • DEADP00L

    JK Rowling is a hypocrite. Was it last week she promoted a racist and homophobic Rabbi?

  • plez

    I can see the drawing of the cartoon as racist with Serena being drawn with big lips/big nose and Osaka with blond hair. But the sentiment of the cartoon I agree with. Selena was acting like a big baby having a tantrum.

  • plez

    I can see the drawing of the cartoon as racist with Serena being drawn with big lips/big nose and Osaka with blond hair. But the sentiment of the cartoon I agree with. Selena was acting like a big baby having a tantrum.

  • YupVideoFever

    The drawing MIGHT BE offensive to the particular person pictured on it – Serena, but not in a racist or sexist way even close – it only mocks her behaviour. She is a legend, but even legends can be stinky. They should stop speculating about rasism on every corner without a reason and not turn a serious problem in our society into a joke.

  • cutitout

    Not sure you guys know what racist is….perhaps you should research past racist cartoons. but then again, you probably also think it was OK for Zimmerman to kill Trayvon and have “all lives matter” stickers on your cars.

    The tone was inaccurate as well. Serena has earned her place and never once wanted to be “allowed” to win as the cartoon depicted and she was not upset over losing, she was upset she was basically being called a CHEATER. She still could have won the match, it was not over but the whole thing took her off her game so we will never know.

  • Marc Carlson

    I will decide for myself if the cartoon is “sexist” or “racist”. I do not need the likes of Kathy Griffin or J.K. Rowling to define those terms for me. I don’t find it either. Some people need to lighten up and grow up. And I happen to be a fan of Serena.

  • Marc Carlson

    I will decide for myself if the cartoon is “sexist” or “racist”. I do not need the likes of Kathy Griffin or J.K. Rowling to define those terms for me. I don’t find it either. Some people need to lighten up and grow up. And I happen to be a fan of Serena.

  • Marc Carlson

    I will decide for myself if the cartoon is “sexist” or “racist”. I do not need the likes of Kathy Griffin or J.K. Rowling to define those terms for me. I don’t find it either. Some people need to lighten up and grow up. And I happen to be a fan of Serena.