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Kathy Griffin and J.K. Rowling were among those furious at a racist depiction of Serena Williams in a cartoon

Australian cartoonist shared the image on Twitter this morning.

US Open - Osaka Beats Angry Williams To Win Title Dubreuil Corinne / ABACA Dubreuil Corinne / ABACA / ABACA

AS THIS YEAR’S US Open came to a close, it’s safe to say that Serena Williams was the most talked about athlete in the entire competition. 

From the beginning of the competition, the 36-year-old was making headlines for wearing tutus while playing tennis after the president of the French Open criticised the bodysuit that she regularly wears to matches in order to decrease her chances of developing bloot clots. 

US Open - Osaka Beats Angry Williams To Win Title Dubreuil Corinne / ABACA Dubreuil Corinne / ABACA / ABACA

When Serena lost in the final to 20-year-old Naomi Osaka, she remained the topic of headlines, after she called the umpire a ‘thief’ for ‘attacking her character’ and stealing a point from her. Williams spoke out about the incident after the match, and complained that points had never been deducted from male tennis players for similar offences.

I’ve seen other men call other umpires several things, and I’m here fighting for women’s rights and women’s equality and all kinds of stuff and for me to say ‘thief’ and for him to take a game? It made me feel like it was a sexist remark.

Just when we all thought the weekend’s drama was about to die down, an Australian cartoonist shared an illustration he produced for The Herald Sun.

For some reason, artist Mark Knight was proud to claim ownership of this image, which depicts Serena Williams as overweight and with exaggerated lips, petulantly jumping on a tennis racket.

What makes it worse, is that Naomi Osaka, who is Haitian-Japanese was depicted as a white woman with blonde hair, which many people believed was to perpetuate the idea that Serena Williams is not one of the greatest athletes of the century, but simply an ‘angry black woman’. 

Immediately, the artist was called out on his work. 

One woman asked “Where was this cartoon for all the men who have broken their rackets over the years?” Knight responded with a cartoon of Nick Kyrgios, an Australian tennis player of Greek and Malaysian heritage. 

Mark Knight was really convinced he had made a valid point there, but Twitter pointed out that this was probably the worst reply he could have possibly posted.

Many people jumped to Serena’s defence, including Kathy Griffin and J.K. Rowling.

Kathy did not hold back.

Channel 4 reporter Symeon Brown really nailed it with his analysis. 

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