Serena Williams' Husband's Very Public Challenge For Herald Sun Editor
Alexis Ohanian tweeted Damon Johnston directly, saying he "looked forward" to a similar cartoon of Brett Kavanaugh's emotional display during his U.S. Senate testimony.
One month after slamming the “blatantly racist and misogynistic” caricature of Serena by cartoonist Mark Knight featured in Melbourne's Herald Sun, her husband took to Twitter on Saturday with a challenge for the paper's editor.
Ohanian, 35, quoted a tweet from Democratic candidate for Alabama Deborah Barros, who mused: "Funny how a black female tennis player is held to a higher standard to keep her emotions in check than a Supreme Court nominee."
"It's not funny, it's bulls*it," he responded, crafting a thread condemning Judge Brett Kavanaugh's temperamental behaviour during his Senate testimony.
"I look forward to the cartoon @damonheraldsun puts on the front page about it," Ohanian quipped, referencing the paper's polarising caricature of his wife.
When a follower suggested Ohanian draw up the cartoon of Kavanaugh himself, he tweeted he would if it was published on the paper's front page.
Williams came under fire for her conduct during her loss to Naomi Osaka at the U.S. Open Women's final last month, where she was given three code violations for coaching, breaking her racquet and abusing the umpire.
Her actions divided fans, many siding with the tennis champion while others believed she was out of line.
The Herald Sun published a caricature of Williams "spitting the dummy" that drew accusations of racism and sexism from around the world. Johnston decided to double down and run it again on the paper's front page two days later, with the headline "Welcome To PC World".
He publicly defended Knight as the cartoonist and claimed his drawing of Williams had “nothing to do with gender or race".
This caused Ohanian to publicly call out Johnston for the first time, lambasting him for publishing "such a blatantly racist & misogynistic cartoon".
The nomination process for Brett Kavanaugh to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice featured fervent outbursts from the judge, regarding sexual assault claims against him from women during his college days.
Kavanaugh, 53, later admitted he "might have been too emotional" and "said a few things" he shouldn't have, arguing in a Wall Street Journal article he was there as a "son, husband and dad" rather than his professional self.
The Senate gave the job to Kavanaugh by a close vote of 50-48 after weeks of fierce debate over sexual violence, alcohol abuse and privilege.
Despite the accusations against him, Kavanaugh was sworn into the lifetime appointment on Saturday and swore an oath at the White House on Monday.
He was joined by his family and President Trump, who apologised to the Kavanaughs for the "campaign of personal and political destruction based on lies and destruction" against him.
A petition to impeach Justice Kavanaugh already has more than 150,000 signatures and the American Bar Association has reopened its evaluation of his temperament, according to the BBC.