Cartoonist, newspaper defend Serena Williams caricature

Serena Williams didn't get it her own way in the US Open final where she was repeatedly penalised for various code

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.

For its Wednesday edition, the Herald Sun filled its front page with cartoons, including the contentious Williams image, along with likenesses of USA president Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Australian prime minister Scott Morrison.

He also Tweeted out the front page of the Herald Sun that reads, "If the self-appointed censors of Mark Knight get their way on his Serena Williams cartoon, our new politically correct life will be very boring indeed".

The Herald Sun's editor, Damon Johnston, also supported Knight and his cartoon. Poor behaviour in any sport needs to be called out.

In 2009, civil rights leaders and others criticized a New York Post cartoon that some interpreted as comparing President Barack Obama to a violent chimpanzee.

The cartoon fuelled a global debate over Williams' controversial defeat by Japan's Naomi Osaka in the US Open women's singles final in NY on Saturday.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced on September 9 that Williams must pay a fine of $17,000: $10,000 for verbally abusing the umpire, $4,000 for receiving a warning about coaching; and $3,000 for smashing her racket on the court.

The incident has split the tennis community.

"Mr. Ramos" decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules and were reaffirmed by the U.S. Open's decision to fine Serena Williams for the three offences'.

She was slapped with a hat-trick of code violations.

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"This despicable cartoon tried and failed to diminish the greatness & grace of @serenawilliams", Jackson tweeted.

Social activist Jesse Jackson called the art racist and despicable. Some also said Knight had "whitewashed" Japanese player Naomi Osaka.

Knight has suspended his Twitter account amidst the controversy, saying that while there were more positive comments than negative, he wanted to protect his family and friends from abuse, The Herald Sun reported.

But following Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight's polarising depiction of Williams on Tuesday, Ohanian broke his silence. Her total earnings from the controversial match amounted to $3.8 million.

The National Association of Black Journalists in the USA called it "repugnant on many levels".

An Australian illustrator has justified his portrayal of Serena Williams at the US Open after the went viral and he was accused of being a sexist racist.

"Sambo" is a derogatory racial term that refers to a children's book from the late 19th century, The Story of Little Black Sambo.

Another Twitter user, Paul Pellen, added: "Outrage for the sake of outrage!"

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

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