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Serena Williams’ Cartoonist Has De-Activated His Social Media Accounts

Serena Williams’ Cartoonist Has De-Activated His Social Media Accounts

Mark Knight’s cartoon of Serena Williams getting angry on the court was met with backlash and controversy

Shortly after Serena Williams lost the U.S. Open, cartoonist Mark Knight posted a cartoon of the event to his social media accounts. The cartoon shows an angry Serena Williams throwing a tantrum on the U.S. Open tennis court during the final match. Many people responded to the cartoon calling it “racist” and “sexist.” 

 Photo courtesy of Mark Knight

Photo courtesy of Mark Knight

Even after the cartoon was met with such extreme controversy, Knight defended his art in an interview with 3AW Radio saying, “It's a cartoon about poor behavior ... People said I’m racist because I drew Serena as an African American woman. I drew her as a powerful figure, which is what she is. She's strongly built…It's called punching down. You can't punch down these days. What that means is you can't criticize minority groups for poor behavior … There’s nothing inaccurate in the cartoon, but I’m sorry it has been taken by social media and distorted so much.”
Damon Johnston of The Herald Sun came to Knight’s defense saying the “cartoon is not racist or sexist…it rightly mocks poor behavior by a tennis legend…” 

The publication also released a photo with cartoons by Knight featured on its cover with a caption saying, “If the self-appointed censors of Mark Knight get their way on his Serena Williams cartoon, our new politically correct life will be very dull indeed.”

 Photo courtesy of  The Herald Sun

Photo courtesy of The Herald Sun

Knight’s Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages have been deactivated as of this morning and people are speculating whether or not he will return to social media or not. 

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