The husband is opening up about the ‘blatantly racist’ cartoon of his wife Serena Williams published in Australia’s Herald Sun newspaper. Alexis Ohanian took to Twitter to slam the offensive drawing and question why the publication’s editor, Damon Johnston is receiving praise for Male Champions of Change, an organization meant to empower ‘powerful men to step up beside women to create a more gender equal world.’
Ohanian wrote: ‘I am truly perplexed to learn this editor of the Australian newspaper behind the blatantly racist and misogynistic cartoon of my wife is a ‘Male Champion of Change’ ? Is this supposed to be satire, too? @malechampions @LizBroderick.’
He also made sure to tag the site’s founder, Elizabeth Broderick.
I am truly perplexed to learn this editor of the Australian newspaper behind the blatantly racist & misogynistic cartoon of my wife is a “Male Champion of Change” ? Is this supposed to be satire, too? @malechampions @LizBroderick https://t.co/QAq25HAhTo https://t.co/jOuYojCE3P
— Alexis Ohanian Sr. ? (@alexisohanian) September 13, 2018
Cartoonist Mark Knight’s controversial drawing showed Serena Williams stomping on her tennis racket with a pacifier close to her feet.
It is a depiction of her at the U.S. Open women’s singles final when the champion got into a conflict with an umpire.
After seeing the drawing, many compared it to similar comics from the Jim Crow era!
But Knight, as well as Johnston, have repeatedly defended the drawing.
‘I drew this cartoon Sunday night after seeing the U.S. Open final, and seeing the world’s best tennis player have a temper tantrum and thought it was interesting. The cartoon about Serena’s about her poor behavior on that day, not about race. The world has gone crazy,’ Knight declared during an interview with The Herald Sun.
‘A champion tennis player had a huge tantrum on the world stage, and Mark’s cartoon just depicted that. It had nothing to do with gender or with race. This was about a bad sport being mocked,’ Johnston also said.