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Herald Sun Fires Back Over Serena Cartoon Controversy

Melbourne newspaper the Herald Sun has responded to criticism over Mark Knight's controversial take on Serena Williams US Open meltdown.

There have been claims that the drawing was racist because of the way he drew the 23-time grand slam winner’s lips and hair.

But the paper has come out strong in his defense with a front page spread saying Knight's drawing had nothing to do with race and with the headline “Welcome to PC World”

Mr Knight said yesterday his cartoon is simply about Williams' behaviour and nothing else.

"I saw the world number one tennis player have a huge hissy fit and spit the dummy. That's what the cartoon was about, her poor behaviour on the court,"

"I'm not targeting Serena. I mean, Serena is a champion."

"I drew her as an African-American woman. She's powerfully built. She wears these outrageous costumes when she plays tennis. She's interesting to draw. I drew her as she is, as an African-American woman."

"I find on social media that stuff gets shared around, and it's like a sort of rolling thunder. It's like a hurricane. It develops intensity way beyond its initial meaning," he said.

"I think racial tensions in America are, of course, more heightened than here in Australia. And Americans may look at it in a different light."

"No racial historical significance should be read into it."

Knight, who posted his original cartoon to social media and suffered extreme backlash including death threats aimed at him and his family, appears to have deactivated his Twitter account.

Williams is yet to comment on the cartoon.

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