A day after Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton was involved in a dangerous collision at the Monza circuit during the Formula 1 race on Sunday, the latter flew to New York and courted controversy at the Met Gala — an annual fundraising event for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City — for his tweet, which many said was racially insensitive.
Hamilton, the seven-time Formula One World Drivers’ Champion, tweeted photos of himself in a black suit and a new hairdo posing with fashion designers and models, writing, “Last night was pure joy. Kenneth Nicholson, Theophilio, and Jason Rembert, among others, have earned this honor just as much as any other designer who attends the Met Gala. The objective is to open doors for young Black creatives (Black heart symbol), and it always will be.”
The tweet’s references to “Young Black creatives” and the “Black heart symbol” sparked outrage, with Hamilton’s supporters and detractors of his “Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement” taking opposing sides on social media.
“I don’t want to ruin the celebration. However, this is the purest kind of racism. It would be a lot better if the black or youthful comment was removed. It makes no difference who you are. The value of good labor should never be underestimated. By the way, this is just my viewpoint. (emoji of a grin with happy eyes) “a reviewer wrote
In response to the remark, a fan remarked, “Another white dude lecturing African-Americans about racism. You never seem to notice the irony in things.”
Some argue that generating such remarks on social media isn’t necessary to establish various points of view.
“It makes no difference to me whether it’s black or white. I’m only trying to make the point that, in my opinion, creating numerous sides is not a good idea. the exact antithesis of what we’re aiming for “On Twitter, someone said.
However, Hamilton’s comments were liked by over 50,000 people, were retweeted over 5,000 times, and garnered over 1,100 replies.
Hamilton has taken a knee on the track and wore anti-racism slogans in support of the “Black Lives Matter” movement on several occasions. Hamilton has stated his commitment to anti-racism and anti-discrimination protests FIA decisions will have no effect on injustice. At last year’s Tuscan Grand Prix in Mugello, the British driver wore a T-shirt that said, “Arrest the cops that killed Breonna Taylor.”