Mark Knight: The Cartoon about Serena Williams is not about race
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Cartoonist Mark Knight made a cartoon around Serena Williams’ rant during the Us Open final and it received strong opposition with people calling the cartoon racist. Mark Knight responded to those comments, saying, “I drew this cartoon Sunday night after seeing the US Open final, and seeing the world’s best tennis player have a tantrum and thought that was interesting,” he said.
“It’s been picked up by social media in the US and my phone has just melted down. The world has just gone crazy.” Knight said it was a cartoon about poor behaviour. “Three days before I had drawn a cartoon about Nick Kyrgios being led off by the ears, like you used to do with your children,” he said.
“The cartoon about Serena is about her poor behaviour on the day, not about race.” Knight further added that he had been unfairly criticised on social media. “I tried to reply to these people but they just don’t listen,” he said.
“On any given day you are a hero and on any given day you are a pariah. And you just have to live with it.” Broadcaster Neil Mitchell defended Knight this morning on his 3AW radio program. “This shows an awful misunderstanding of Mark Knight and this country,” he said.
“I looked at that cartoon and it didn’t even cross my mind it was about race. It was a sports bully, a petulant child throwing a tantrum about losing.” ALSO READ WTA backs Serena Williams: 'Women get treated differently than men'