JK Rowling Defends Serena Williams Against ‘Racist and Sexist’ Backlash

Harry Potter creator JK Rowling is never silent on issues about which she feels strongly, and the recent controversy surrounding Serena William’s Grand Slam loss has attracted the author’s attention. Speaking out against a ‘racist and sexist’ cartoon, published by Australia’s Daily Herald, Rowling tweeted: Well done on reducing one of the greatest sportswomen alive to racist and sexist tropes and turning a second great sportswoman into a faceless prop.’




The cartoon depicts a very exaggerated image of Williams stamping on her racket in a child-like tantrum, while her opponent Osaka is shown as faceless, in the distance, speaking with Ramos, the umpire with whom Williams clashed. Ramos penalized Williams both a point and an entire game for a series of code violations, several of which are rarely called out by officials. This led to Williams losing to Osaka, with whom she shook hands and whom she defended from the booing crowds. 


Ramos has drawn criticism for being both racist and sexist against Williams, by invoking rules that are rarely acknowledged, and making what should have been a celebration into an upsetting, frustrating incident for all involved. 


Rowling is not the only celebrity to speak out in defense of Williams, including Ava DuVernay, Gigi Hadid, and Gabrielle Union, among many others. 


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