By S.E. Cupp
New York Daily News
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) In this opinion piece, S.E. Cupp calls out a cartoonist for his depiction of Serena Williams and the recent events at the U.S. Open.
New York Daily News
The Australia Herald Sun’s front page Wednesday doubled down on cartoonist Mark Knight’s disturbing drawing depicting a wild Serena Williams throwing a tantrum at the U.S. Open.
“Welcome to the PC World,” the headline taunted along with “Satire Free Zone” encircled. Leaving no room for ambiguity, under the reprinted image of Williams were the words, “Vetoed: Large hair and lips, too angry.”
The controversy comes after Knight’s depiction of Williams in the Herald Sun drew many complaints that it was overtly racist, resembling the Sambo cartoons of the Jim Crow era.
Editor Damon Johnston is defending Knight, saying the cartoon was “not racist or sexist,” but “rightly mocks the poor behavior by a tennis legend.”
Knight himself is either playing dumb or actually is dumb, saying he had “no knowledge of those cartoons or that period” — that widely known period of racism in America, which makes one question his qualifications to be a political satirist.
This isn’t the first time Knight’s run into this particular criticism. He also drew fire for his depiction this year of black teenagers vandalizing a train station. Maybe these caricatures are just how he views blacks generally — as violent, untamed and uncivilized “superpredators,” to borrow a truly terrible term from the 90s.
But the Herald Sun would have you believe this is much ado about nothing — political correctness run amok.
“If the self-appointed censors of Mark Knight get their way on his Serena Williams cartoon, our new politically correct life will be very dull indeed,” read its front page.
Political correctness is, of course, a very real thing in America and elsewhere, and over the past decade or two it’s metastasized into a culture-corroding, soul-sucking tumor of lunacy that’s resulted in all sorts of bad decisions.