Cartoonist Called 'Sexist' and 'Racist' for Depicting Serena Williams' Temper Tantrum
After Australian cartoonist Mark Knight created a caricature of Serene Williams' temper tantrum at the U.S. Open, leftists quickly labeled Knight and his cartoon sexist and racist. Apparently, it's both sexist and racist to point out when a black woman gets angry.
The brouhaha reminds me of an old Dave Chappelle bit where the comic relates a time when a restaurant assumed that he would order chicken because he's black. Chappelle opines to the laughing audience, "All these years, I thought I liked chicken because it was delicious. Turns out, I'm genetically predisposed to liking chicken."
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Chappelle's point should be self-evident: Of course black people love chicken, it's delicious. That's why white people love chicken and brown people love chicken and every-other-other-color people love chicken. Chicken is almost universally recognized as delicious.
You know what else is universal? Anger and selfishness. And, because she is a human who makes mistakes like the rest of us, Serena Williams threw a temper tantrum at the U.S. Open this past weekend. Except pointing out that Serena Williams is a flawed human just like every other woman (and man) is considered sexist and racist.
In case you've been avoiding the internet for the last four days, during the U.S. Open Women's final, Serena Williams was penalized for breaking the rules. Now, in the issue of full disclosure, I'm no tennis aficionado and am unfamiliar with the nuances and peculiarities of the game. But, as I've read and listened to talking heads expound on the event, the general consensus is that Williams did break the rules. In fact, as ESPN's Stephen A. Smith points out, the judge Serena Williams directed her ire at is known for expecting strict adherence from not just women but also men and harshly penalizing men.
The facts don't matter, of course, and Serena Williams turned the whole thing into a statement on race and gender. Almost in unison, with a few exceptions, the left threw their collective hands in the air and joined in on Williams' temper tantrum.
That's the abbreviated version of events which brings us back to Mark Knight's cartoon.
In the face of the accusations of sexism and racism, Knight told the Australia Broadcasting Corporation, "When I watched the U.S. Open, I was sitting there like everybody else, and I saw a world number 1 tennis player have a huge hissy fit and spit the dummy. That's what the cartoon is about, her poor behavior on the court. Nothing to do with gender or racism at all." His Twitter account has since disappeared, likely a result of the backlash from the cartoon.