Serena caricature 'way over the top' claims regional cartoonist

By September 13, 2018

Regional cartoonist Guy O’Neal has described the controversial caricature of tennis star Serena Williams as having gone ‘way over the top’ and ‘offensive’.

Australia Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight has drawn heavy criticism for his caricature of Serena Williams, following her much-publicized spat with an umpire during the US Open final.  The cartoon itself has divided opinion with some believing the cartoonist was well within his right to express himself, others however viewed the depiction as sexist and racist.  Knight has denied being either.  The Barbadian O’Neal did not side with his fellow cartoonist.

 “I had not seen the cartoon until today (Wednesday) but when I saw it the first thing I saw was this huge woman jumping up and down on a tennis racquet and when I looked closely I realized this is Serena and it was awful,” O’Neal told the SportsMax Zone.

“While cartoonists like myself have license to do a caricature. I think sometimes we can caricature to a point where it becomes offensive and I see a lot of offensiveness in this cartoon,” he added.  

“He’s well within his rights to draw what he wants but I think when it gets to a point when it becomes offensive you have to take a step back.  Rather than going to a point where you offend somebody at this.”

Kwesi Mugisa

Kwesi has been a sports journalist with more than 10-years’ experience in the field. First as a Sports Reporter with The Gleaner in the early 2000s before he made the almost natural transition to becoming an editor. Since then he has led the revamp of The Star’s sports offering, making it a more engaging and forward-thinking component of the most popular tabloid newspaper in the Caribbean.

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