‘They’ve apologised… I’m tan’: Australian Open finalist Naomi Osaka reveals sponsors Nissin said sorry for advert that featured whitewashed depiction of her
- Naomi Osaka on track for second straight Grand Slam after reaching Australian Open final with win over Karolina Pliskova
- The 21-year-old has a Japanese mother and a Haitian father
- Noodle company that sponsors Osaka whitewashed her for cartoon advert
Naomi Osaka revealed sponsor Nissin has apologised to her over a cartoon depiction that sparked accusations of whitewashing.
An anime-style drawing of the 21-year-old US Open champion, who has a Japanese mother and Haitian father, with pale skin and brown hair was used in an advert for the noodle company that has since been pulled.
Speaking after reaching the Australian Open final, Osaka said: ‘I’ve talked to them. They’ve apologised. For me, it’s obvious, I’m tan.
Nissin pulled the advert that featured a whitewashed depiction of Naomi Osaka
Osaka celebrates after beating Karolina Pliskova to reach the Australian Open final
‘I don’t think they did it on purpose to be whitewashing or anything. But I definitely think that the next time they try to portray me or something, I feel like they should talk to me about it.’
It is the second time a cartoon featuring Osaka has caused controversy after the Herald Sun faced fierce criticism for its depiction of both the Japanese player and Serena Williams following the US Open final last September.
The drawing featured Williams having a tantrum while a blonde-haired Osaka talked to the umpire.