The Australian newspaper that found itself at the center of worldwide controversy after publishing a racist and sexist caricature of Serena Williams has doubled down on its support for the cartoonist.
The Aussie cartoonist at the centre of an global firestorm over a "racist" depiction of Serena Williams says his wife and daughter have been targeted with death threats.
A controversial cartoon depicting Serena Williams having a tantrum on the court at the US Open lays bare the battles against prejudice that black women face at work every day, according to campaigners.
Berniece King, the chief executive of the King Center and daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. said about Knight's imagery, "It was "without consideration for the painful historical context of such imagery and how it can support biases and racism today", "Why wouldn't a human being care about that?" as documented by The Guardian".
Interestingly, Knight's twitter account, where he posted the cartoon, has since ceased to exist.
The cartoon shows Williams jumping on a broken racket with a baby pacifier.
British author J.K. Rowling was among those critical of the piece, saying Mr Knight had reduced Ms Williams to a "racist and sexist trope".
"Black women are constantly being reminded by society's beauty standard that we're too dark-skinned, our hair is not straight enough, our lips are too big, our thighs are too large and that any emotion we feel outside of pure ecstasy is anger", she said.
On Tuesday the Melbourne publication published the cartoon, which was condemned by many around the world as racist.
"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". He also said his wife and children were subjected to threats on their Instagram pages as a result of the cartoon.
The Herald Sun, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, ran the image again along with a handful of other illustrations of world leaders and the country's own politicians. Maybe there's a different understanding of cartooning in Australia to America ... She did not stomp on her racket during the match as the cartoon portrayed.
"I think these days, I don't think you can, it's called punching down", he said.
'There's intent there. To depict Serena not looking like herself, and her features to be overdrawn and over-exaggerated in such a way that evokes some of the historical negative images of black people over the last century. And what that means is you can't criticise minority groups for poor behaviour.
The National Association of Black Journalists called the cartoon "repugnant", adding, "not only does it exude racist, sexist caricatures of both women, but Williams' depiction is unnecessarily sambo-like".