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Cartoonist Mark Knight internationally slammed as “racist” for Serena Williams sketch

Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight has been slammed online for his depiction of Serena Williams at the US Open final.

The cartoon, published yesterday, has been widely criticised as “racist” and “vile” by The Washington Post, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, rapper Nicki Minaj and Australian comedian Eddie Perfect, amongst others.

“They are wrong,” Neil Mitchell said.

“I will say when I looked at the cartoon, it didn’t even cross my mind it was meant to be racially offensive.

“It was a sports bully, throwing a tantrum.”

Mark Knight told Neil he never expected this to happen.

“The world’s gone crazy,” he said.

“It’s a cartoon about poor behaviour.

“It’s nothing to do with race.

“I drew this cartoon on Monday night, I saw the world’s greatest tennis player spit the dummy.

“She’s great to draw, she’s a powerful figure, she’s strongly built.

“I’m sorry it’s been taken by social media and distorted so much.

“I’ve tried to reply to these people but they don’t listen.”

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