According to the mobocracy on social media, Lewis Hamilton has his own war on women going. Spraying champagne on the podium of a Formula 1 race is par for the course and a tradition. The drivers spray each other with the fizzy drink and sometimes they spray team bosses and the host girls that are standing near for the podium presentation ceremony.
That’s been a part of F1 for decades but now the world has deemed the spraying of any of the host women on the podium as sexism and in poor form. Hamilton took it upon himself to once again spray the girls on the podium in China and the young lady didn’t seem to enjoy it which prompted a flurry of comments on Twitter. It even garnered comments from a group that is determined to obliterate sexism around the world as the Mail reported:
Roz Hardie, chief executive of Object, a campaign on media sexism and ‘sex object culture’, said: ‘The photographs appear to show that the woman is not just being splashed, but that the champagne is being very specifically directed into her face, which does not look like a voluntary piece of horseplay on her part. ‘If this if the case we think Lewis Hamilton should apologise for his actions and think carefully about how he behaves in the future. For most people, it would be apparent that she is not enjoying it. ‘It is surely a very difficult position to be a grid girl and she would have had little option but to stand there and take it. That is something of which he should be aware. But instead, he appears to have abused her position. ‘It’s unfortunate that a great victory has been marred by what appears to be selfish and inconsiderate behaviour.’
He’s been called a “bully” and a “gold-plated arse” for his efforts. This is on the heels of F1’s suggestion that a women-only series might be a good idea and that was met with disdain—except Lotus’s Carmen Jorda thought it was a good idea.
Lewis had to fight his own social injustice to get to the podium because many folks feel the two-time champion has faced incendiary racism in his meteoric climb from a couch in Stevenage to a private jet and home in Monaco.
Now the world has turned its eyes on racing as a sexist sport with the WEC eliminating its grid girls and calls for F1 to do the same. What better way to call for that action than to point out the injustice of spraying a woman with champagne on the podium. Is it sexist when Lewis sprayed his teammate, Nico Rosberg, just prior to spraying the woman? Lewis may have a war on women and a war on men going on top of his war on Nico Rosberg.
I don’t mean to be obtuse here but if the idea of spraying a woman with champagne is some sort of sexual symbolism, then I guess I am stumped as to why, in a world where LGBT causes are championed, the symbolism isn’t just as relevant when Lewis sprays another man?
The world needs to pull its head out of its own arse and lighten up a bit. I think it’s taking itself way too seriously and starting to sound more petulant and childish than Nico Rosberg did during the post-race interviews in China. To the world obsessed with sex, life happens above the waist too you know.
When social justice starts to eventually turn upon itself and the causes overlap, the humor is in watching people try to champion their causes over other causes they’ve championed. The pretzel logic of youth can be perplexing. Spray away Lewis…uninterested podium models need not apply.
Lewis Hamilton. What a gold-plated arse pic.twitter.com/U87FIUAEs6
— Camilla Long (@camillalong) April 13, 2015
Hat Tip: Daily Mail