J.K. Rowling, Kathy Griffin, & More Slam Cartoonist Over ‘Racist’ Drawing Of Serena Williams

A cartoonist painted Serena Williams in a rather unflattering light and people are slamming the drawing for being “racist” and “sexist.”

Fans and public figures alike took to Twitter to condemn a cartoon published in Australia’s Herald Sun that shows the tennis legend stomping on her racket like an irate child.

The drawing was an outrageous depiction of Williams’ controversial U.S. Open match this weekend — which took a dramatic turn when chair umpire Carlos Ramos charged her with multiple code violations, prompting the 36-year-old to bust her racket and call the umpire a thief.

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Fans are divided on whether or not Williams deserved the violations, but everyone seems to agree that cartoonist Mark Knight’s interpretation of the event is appalling and completely uncalled for.

J.K. Rowling slammed the illustrator for using “racist and sexist tropes” in his work, tweeting:

Kathy Griffin offered a much blunter critique, tweeting:

Even ESPN’s Jemele Hill weighed in, writing:

Countless Twitter users felt the same way, with one noting Knight used “classic sambo tropes- enlarged lips, overexaggerated body parts to depict Serena as hyper masculine.”

Another user snapped:

Srsly, what year is it?

[Image via ESPN/YouTube]

Sep 10, 2018 3:48pm PDT

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