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Friday, 14 September 2018

Williams' husband slams 'racist' cartoon


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Serena Williams’ husband Alexis Ohanian has taken aim at the Herald Sun’s “blatantly racist and misogynistic” cartoon of his wife following her controversial on-court meltdown during the US Open final.

Until now, the Reddit co-founder had extricated himself from the fallout following Williams’ display, in which she accused umpire Carlos Ramos of sexism after she was issued three code-violations in her straight sets loss to Noami Osaka.

But following Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight’s polarising depiction of Williams on Tuesday, Ohanian broke his silence.

“I am truly perplexed to learn this editor of the Australian newspaper behind the blatantly racist & misogynistic cartoon of my wife is a ‘Male Champion of Change’. Is this supposed to be satire, too?,” Ohanian posted on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/alexisohanian/status/1040247775378726913

Ohanian was referencing Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston’s profile at the website for Male Champions of Change, a body that prides itself on working with “influential leaders to redefine men’s role in taking action on gender inequality.”

Johnston was dragged into the furore after he publicly defended Knight following widespread outrage when the cartoon reached the United States.

He claimed Knight’s creation had “nothing to do with gender or race.”

“A champion tennis player had a mega tantrum on the world stage, and Mark’s cartoon depicted that. It had nothing to do with gender or race,” Johnston said.

Knight’s cartoon was criticised after some audiences perceived racist undertones in the exaggerated features present in his depiction of Williams.

On Wednesday the publication reaffirmed their stance, printing a cover with the headline “welcome to PC World” which was accompanied by several of Knight’s polarising cartoons.

The same day world No.25 Barbora Strycova lambasted Williams' claims of sexism and offered her own suggestion for the tennis legend's display.

“This is a bulls--t, for umpires being women or men doesn’t matter,” Strycova told Czech website Sport.CZ.

“In comparison, I never saw (Rafael) Nadal shouting like that with an umpire.”

“I find it interesting that she did it only when she was losing.”

Strycova also questioned the Women’s Tennis Association’s and the United States Tennis Association’s decision to leap to Williams’ defence.

Serena Williams’ husband Alexis Ohanian has taken aim at the Herald Sun’s “blatantly racist and misogynistic” cartoon of his wife following her controversial on-court meltdown during the US Open final.

Until now, the Reddit co-founder had extricated himself from the fallout following Williams’ display, in which she accused umpire Carlos Ramos of sexism after she was issued three code-violations in her straight sets loss to Noami Osaka.

But following Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight’s polarising depiction of Williams on Tuesday, Ohanian broke his silence.

“I am truly perplexed to learn this editor of the Australian newspaper behind the blatantly racist & misogynistic cartoon of my wife is a ‘Male Champion of Change’. Is this supposed to be satire, too?,” Ohanian posted on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/alexisohanian/status/1040247775378726913

Ohanian was referencing Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston’s profile at the website for Male Champions of Change, a body that prides itself on working with “influential leaders to redefine men’s role in taking action on gender inequality.”

Johnston was dragged into the furore after he publicly defended Knight following widespread outrage when the cartoon reached the United States.

He claimed Knight’s creation had “nothing to do with gender or race.”

“A champion tennis player had a mega tantrum on the world stage, and Mark’s cartoon depicted that. It had nothing to do with gender or race,” Johnston said.

Knight’s cartoon was criticised after some audiences perceived racist undertones in the exaggerated features present in his depiction of Williams.

On Wednesday the publication reaffirmed their stance, printing a cover with the headline “welcome to PC World” which was accompanied by several of Knight’s polarising cartoons.

The same day world No.25 Barbora Strycova lambasted Williams' claims of sexism and offered her own suggestion for the tennis legend's display.

“This is a bulls--t, for umpires being women or men doesn’t matter,” Strycova told Czech website Sport.CZ.

“In comparison, I never saw (Rafael) Nadal shouting like that with an umpire.”

“I find it interesting that she did it only when she was losing.”

Strycova also questioned the Women’s Tennis Association’s and the United States Tennis Association’s decision to leap to Williams’ defence.

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