Australian political cartoonist Mark Knight found himself under fire after his caricature of professional tennis player Serena Williams’ well-publicised meltdown at the US Open.
Williams unloaded on an umpire during a match last week after being warned for receiving instructions from her coach, who was captured on video gesturing to her, and for smashing her racket in anger after losing a round to her competitor.
The popular player, who lost the match, would also call the Hispanic male umpire a “thief” for penalizing her a point.
The cartoon has been blasted by athletes and celebs including JK Rowling who said, “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.”
ESPN’s Jemele Hill noted the racism is “About as subtle as Fran Drescher’s voice.”