The great cartoon controversy has gone international. A cartoon was published by The Herald Sun of tennis great Serena Williams, who had something of a meltdown following a dispute with a chair umpire in the US Open final. Personally, I am on Serena’s side on this, but I respect that most readers would disagree. The catoon was said to have “racist” overtones by depicting Serena in an unflattering light. The newspaper has stood by its cartoonist and on a recent front page partially republished the cartoon, under the headline, “Welcome to the PC World.”
The issue here relates to the cartoon, which like all cartoons uses caricatures. Cartoonists are savage by nature, and I don’t think race comes into it. Just look at how Julia Gillard was treated. You would think that all she was a backside. In general, women get a poor treatment by male cartoonists, who satirise their sexuality, but then again, everybody is fair game. It is just the price of free speech, and sometimes those on the receiving end, who are in the public eye simply have to suck it up. Let it go Serena, get back into training for next season.