A selection of former grid girls have hit out at Formula 1 bosses and the wider public following the announcement they would be dropped from the support.
Sean Bratches confirmed the plans during a statement issued earlier this week, which was viewed by some as a major step forward in womens’ rights.
“Over the last year we have looked at a number of areas which we felt needed updating so as to be more in tune with our vision for this great sport,” he said.
“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.”
Unfortunately for Bratches and F1, the decision hasn’t gone down too well with some of those women who previously made a living as grid girls.
Five-time grid girl Rebecca Cooper also hit out at the decision, tweeting:
“So the inevitable has happened, F1 gridgirls have been banned. 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 .”
So the inevitable has happened, F1 gridgirls have been banned. 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 ? #Gridgirls
— Rebecca Cooper (@rebeccageldard) January 31, 2018
Hannah Louise, another grid girl expressed concern that other sports could follow suit:
“I am a grid girl, I LOVE my job and I CHOOSE to do it! The issue at the moment is there are too many people being offended on behalf of people who are not offended at all!” she tweeted.
I am a grid girl, I LOVE my job and I CHOOSE to do it! The issue at the moment is there are too many people being offended on behalf of people who are not offended at all!
— Hannah Louise (@Hannah_James_6) January 31, 2018
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, ex-grid girl Zilda Williams also slammed the decision as “ridiculous”.
“Grid girls are iconic and all part of the racing experience. You have fast cars, noise, the smell of burnt rubber and beautiful grid girls on the track,” she said.
“I was a grid girl in 2007 and had some of the best times of my life. The girls were classy, gorgeous, and well presented.
“Now all the fun has been taken out of it, and for what? Political correctness. How boring are we becoming? Will we be banning cheerleaders next?”
DJ and broadcaster Sophie Wright, who also once worked as a grid girl, expressed similar concern on Twitter stating:
“Feminism now costing women their jobs,” she said. “Wake me up when all this crazy political correctness blows over and pass me the Lycra! I loved being a grid girl.”
Feminism now costing women their jobs..??wake me up when all this crazy political correctness blows over and pass me the Lycra! I loved being a grid girl ??? @Mike_Petch @PaulONeill29 #Gridgirls #BTCC pic.twitter.com/iQciq5qu6c
— Sophie Wright (@DJSoWright) January 31, 2018
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