Don Cheadle isn’t shopping for the Herald Sun’s rationalization for its Serena Williams cartoon one bit … telling TMZ Sports the newspaper DEFINITELY is aware of the drawing is racist as hell.
“I don’t believe them,” the ‘Avengers’ actor says.
“They have their own history of racism — they know what that cartoon means.”
The paper doubled down on Mark Knight‘s drawing — the one depicting Serena with exaggerated lips, hair and nostril after her U.S. Open outburst — reprinting the piece Wednesday and claiming the world is just too delicate.
Cheadle couldn’t imagine it once we bought him out at LAX … saying he sees no humor or satire within the “art” in any respect.
“It’s incredibly tone deaf,” he says.
For his half … Knight says of the drawing, “The world’s gone crazy. It’s a cartoon about poor behavior. It’s nothing to do with race.”