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.

Related items

  • Kvitova's Wuhan quest ended by Pavlyuchenkova Kvitova's Wuhan quest ended by Pavlyuchenkova

    Petra Kvitova became the latest big name to exit the Wuhan Open on Wednesday as the two-time champion was beaten by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

    Kvitova is the most successful player in Wuhan's short history

  • Barty upsets Kerber in Wuhan Barty upsets Kerber in Wuhan

    World number three Angelique Kerber suffered a surprise loss to Ashleigh Barty in the Wuhan Open third round on Wednesday.

    Kerber, a 2015 semi-finalist at the WTA Premier event, was beaten 7-5 6-1 by the

  • Halep and Garcia among seeds to fall in Wuhan Halep and Garcia among seeds to fall in Wuhan

    World number one Simona Halep and defending champion Caroline Garcia suffered second-round defeats while Elina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova also made early exits at the Wuhan Open on Tuesday.

SportsMax Zone

Latest Tweets

George's draws but Wolmer's wins big in Manning Cup action. See story here: https://t.co/HTifSWBIeM #ManningCup https://t.co/JfiwqpLdh6
FIFA has described the Jamaica Football Federation as a model for others to follow. See story here:… https://t.co/qLE0ZohODO
How much of a boost would there be to Jamaica's football if the JFF manages to get a synthetic pitch laid in each o… https://t.co/MFBlULnZpR
Follow SportsMax on Twitter
© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.