Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling regularly stands up against injustice, using Twitter as her sounding board as she points out grotesquely inaccurate portrayals of people and places.
On Sunday, cartoonist Mark Knight shared his newest creation, a caricature of Serena Williams throwing a fit at the U.S. Open.
Here’s Mark’s tweet:
Mark Knight is a cartoonist for Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper, and his cartoon was a depiction of Williams’ challenge of a referee at this weekend’s U.S. Open final. Williams lost the match to Naomi Osaka after she was penalized multiple times and became increasingly frustrated.
The issue is not the tantrum but rather Knight’s obviously racist features used to depict Williams.
Rowlings wasn’t having it and tweeted out: “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.”
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. https://t.co/YOxVMuTXEC
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 10, 2018
Rowlings is completely accurate in her attack. The photo features the caricature of a black woman that looks nothing like the famous tennis star. It’s an obvious stereotypical depiction that wreaks of a lack of perspective and talent — apparently, Mark Knight is the best the Melbourne Herald Sun can afford.
Serena Williams is perhaps the greatest female athlete of all time and she certainly deserves better than this horrid depiction.
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