Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton collided at Monza Circuit during Sunday’s Formula 1 race. The latter flew to New York for the Met Gala, an annual fundraising event that benefits the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. Many criticized his tweet as racist.
Hamilton, the British driver, was the winner of seven F1 World Driving Championship titles. He posted photos of himself in a black suit, with a new haircut, and stood alongside models and fashion designers. These three designers, Kenneth Nicholson and Theophilio Rembert, deserve this moment as much as any designer who attends The Met Gala. The goal is to provide opportunities for young Black creatives (Black Heart symbol). Hamilton’s tweet about “Young Black creatives”, and the “Black Heart symbol” caused a lot of controversy. Hamilton’s critics and his supporters took opposing sides over the comment.
“I don’t want to ruin the party. This is racism at its most basic. It would be much better if you just removed the young or black comment. It doesn’t matter who or what you are. Appreciation should be given for good work. As an opinion. “Grinning face with smiling eyes Emoji,” wrote a critic.
A fan responded to the comment by writing, “Ah yes! Another white man lecturing blacks about racism.” It’s hard to see the irony. Some people felt that it was unnecessary to make multiple sides through comments made on social media.
“I don’t care about black and white, etc. I’m just trying to make it clear that multiple sides are not smart. Someone wrote in twitter that they were trying to accomplish the exact opposite.
Hamilton’s comments were liked by over 50,000 people, retweeted approximately 5,000 times, and received more that 1,100 comments.
Hamilton has been seen taking a knee on the grid a few times and wearing anti-racism slogans to support the cause of “Black Lives Matter”. Hamilton stated that he will continue to support anti-racism, and protest against racial injustices and discrimination. Hamilton wore a T-shirt that read, “Arrest the Cops That Killed Breonna Taylor” at last year’s Tuscan Grand Prix in Mugello.