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Anti-sexism group wants Lewis Hamilton to apologize for champagne spraying

An anti-sexism group wants Lewis Hamilton hit with a caution flag for spraying hostess with champagne.


 

Race car driver Lewis Hamilton just found out that popping bottles is not as fun as the Cash Money Millionaires made it out to be.

According to the Daily Mail, Roz Hardie, CEO of Object, an anti-sexism group, is calling on Hamilton to apologize after celebrating his win at the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday. According to multiple reports say Hamilton sprayed champagne straight into the face of one of the hostesses.

Roz Hardie, the CEO of Object, an anti-sexism group, is calling on Hamilton to apologize:

“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 is the case we think Lewis Hamilton should apologize 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 behavior.”

I don’t claim to know Hamilton but when someone is one of the few in a sport such as Formula 1 racing, you’re accomplishments are belittled and your mistakes, perceived or not, are magnified. Ask P.K. Subban and the Williams sisters about what happens when you don’t fit inside the box society wants to place them in. Case in point, check out this stanza from of a 2009 article from the Guardian:

“Despite everything that would make Hamilton’s story a fairytale success – his youth, his ethnicity, his determination – for some he remains strangely hard to relate to. He’s too neat, too controlled, too arrogant. In short, too good to be true. Could a bit of failure, a glimmer of weakness, be just what he needs for the British public to learn to love him?”

There’s not much evidence to suggest that Hamilton is a sexist. Until there’s more evidence, society ought to give him a benefit of a doubt.

Having said that, I understand why a group like Object might bristle at what they claim they saw Hamilton do. However, when injected yourself into a polarizing discussion, your website ought to be running properly. Me saying that isn’t an indictment on the organization aims. However, if someone wants to support the cause, they ought to be able to reach you.