Formula 1 bans grid girls, and grid girls blame feminists

Formula 1 bans grid girls, and grid girls blame feminists. By Matt Bonesteel in the WaPo.

Calling the practice “at odds with modern day societal norms,” Formula 1 on Wednesday announced it no longer would employ “grid girls,” models who perform various promotional duties during races. …

“While the practice of employing grid girls has been a staple of Formula 1 Grands Prix for decades, we feel this custom does not resonate with our brand values and clearly is at odds with modern day societal norms. We don’t believe the practice is appropriate or relevant to Formula 1 and its fans, old and new, across the world.”

The decision did not sit well with some grid girls, who railed against what they see as an overreach of political correctness.

“Ridiculous that women who say they are ‘fighting for women’s rights’ are saying what others should and shouldn’t do, stopping us from doing a job we love and are proud to do. PC gone mad,” now-former grid girl Rebecca Cooper wrote on Twitter.

Michelle Westby, meanwhile, wrote on Facebook that her experience as a grid girl helped pave the way for her entrance to the male-dominated world of stunt and drift competition driving. She also said a lot of women will lose a source of income, thanks to “feminists.” …

“It’s upsetting, and I’m rather disgusted that F1 have given in to the minority to be politically correct,” a former grid girl named Charlotte Gash told BBC Radio 5 live. “I’m one of the lucky ones that I don’t rely on this as a main source of income, but there are girls out there who do. I know the grid girls are there to look pretty when they’re out on the grid, but my role was interacting with the crowd and we were there as an advertisement for the sponsors. We love doing it, and we don’t want it taken away from us.”

The new left support both feminists and Islam, as part of their identity politics strategy (aka the war against Christian white men). What possible motivation is there to such an incompatible pairing? Power — it’s all about votes, stitching together a coalition of voters to form an electoral majority, after the new left abandoned the deplorable working class (“this is not who we are”).

In other news, Hollywood announced it would no longer make movie that play on the oldest theme in human stories — that the most competent man gets the prettiest girl. Just joking, that would negatively impact leftist income.

More at Tim Bair’s.

hat-tip Stephen Neil