AUSTRALIAN Press Council has ruled there was no breach of its standards of practice in a cartoon of tennis star, Serena Williams that attracted global condemnation after being published by Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper in September.
The controversial cartoon was not accepted by many athletes and individuals as it was considered racist. Williams accused the umpire of anti-feminism and broke her racket in anger for which she was fined in a match she lost to Naomi Osaka.
The depiction of Williams by cartoonist, Mark Knight showed the 23-time major winner reacting angrily during her loss to Naomi Osaka in the final of the U.S. Open. Williams is depicted with her mouth open wide, hands in fists and jumping above a broken tennis racket and a baby’s pacifier. The umpire was shown telling a blonde, slender woman — meant to be Osaka, who has a Japanese mother and a father from Haiti — “Can you just let her win?”
In a ruling published Monday, the Council said it “acknowledged that some readers found the cartoon offensive,” but said there was sufficient public interest in commenting on the behavior of a player with a globally high profile.
However Williams, is yet to react to the new ruling, she was featured in a Nike advert where women were told to break limits in sport and go crazy.