Frustrated by an implacable, unflappable opponent (astonishingly, a 20-year-old in her first major final) and a suddenly fallible serve, Serena Williams needed a target for her anger. A release valve for the pressure. It’s a standard tennis tactic. Except Serena lost control. She berated the hapless umpire, Carlos Ramos, for questioning her integrity by questioning his. But surely Ramos didn’t need to interfere in the match in such a pivotal way. Naturally, the controversy has sparked plenty of online outrage, leaning one way or the other. Does no one just not know what to think anymore? An Amul cartoon playing on the irony of her name being Serena in a moment when she was anything but, annoyed Twitter users. Not as much though as an Australian cartoon showing an enraged, mesomorphic Serena jumping on a racquet, while in the background an exasperated umpire says to her opponent, “Can you just let her win?” Anyone who fails to note the racist imagery in this cartoon (see above) is being stupid. (This is not the same as calling the cartoonist racist.) Stupid too is a social media culture that has turned critical engagement into an excuse to bully and harangue. And more than stupid are the thugs who sent the cartoonist death threats. Anyway, the cartoon got everything wrong. Serena has never needed anyone to “let her win”, least of all slim blondes with ponytails.