Lewis Hamilton Faces Social Media Backlash Over Now-Deleted Pro-Vegan Post

first_img formula onelewis hamiltonvegan First Published: October 17, 2019, 1:19 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Paris: Even though he deleted the pro-vegan post that started the trouble, Lewis Hamilton continued to be the centre of social media debate on Wednesday. It isn’t the first time.The Formula One world champion declared on Instagram on Wednesday that he worried about the “extinction of our race” if humans keep eating animals. “I’m sad right now with the thought of where this world is going,” wrote the 32-year-old who is on course for a sixth world title, leading Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas by 64 points with four races left.If a long list of previous controversies are any indication, the social-media furore around his post — with many strongly supportive and many violently opposed — is unlikely to deflect the Mercedes driver.Others in Formula One were, perhaps understandably, reluctant to wade into a debate on the environment, though one former world champion posted a response that saw both sides.”Lewis will get no end of flack for this, being a jet setting F1 star. We are all hypocritical to greater or lesser degrees,” wrote Damon Hill, now a pundit. “But if people like him don’t speak out then we all carry on in the same vein and don’t even try to change. It’s not that bad, eating carrots #f1 #carrots”Hamilton is used to flak.In November 2015, he drew the ire of animals rights groups for posts on Twitter and Facebook that he felt expressed his love of cute, furry animals.The Facebook photos showed him cuddling a jaguar cub and a new-born lion at the Black Jaguar White Tiger Foundation in Mexico, with hashtags including #cutestthingever and #animallover. A Twitter video showed him creeping up on a larger tiger and scaring it.The posts drew ferocious criticism on social media.The director of People for the Ethical Treatment Of Animals (PETA), Elisa Allen, released a long statement that started: “Seeing big cats used for photo ops promotes the idea that wild animals are here for human amusement.”In 2011, complaining on the BBC that he was being victimised by stewards, Hamilton jokingly borrowed a line from British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen: “Maybe it’s because I’m black, I don’t know. That’s what Ali G says…”BACKS GRID GIRLSHamilton had to write a letter of apology to Jean Todt, the president of the governing body of motor sports.In 2018, Hamilton backed the return of grid girls at that year’s Monaco Grand Prix by posting a grab from another Instagram user showing five buxom grid girls, and adding “Thank you Jesus”.That drew the ire not only of feminists but also of Christians. Hamilton, whose Instagram self-description contains the line “Spread LOVE and God above all”, deleted the post.Before the 2016 Japanese Grand Prix, he switched apps and got in trouble for using Snapchat during an official press conference. He posted bunny-ear photos, with the caption: “This is s—- killing me.”British tabloids let rip, labelling Hamilton “Snap-Prat” and the “Berk in the Merc” — slang terms for “fool”.Hamilton responded by saying journalists had been “disrespectful” and walking out on a media event.He also provoked contrasting reactions with two posts about princesses in 2017.At Christmas, Hamilton posted a video showing his young nephew sporting a blue and pink dress as they visited Disneyland.”I’m so sad right now. Look at my nephew,” the British driver wrote. The video contains an exchange which ends with Hamilton shouting: “Boys don’t wear princess dresses” which led to the youngster covering his ears.Hamilton took the post down, describing his outburst as a “lapse of judgement”. He also designed a kilt in collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger and wore it in a fashion shoot for GQ, telling the magazine “I want to make amends”. GQ used that line in a promotional Instagram post.Earlier that year, he paid tribute to Princess Diana, who had died 20 years earlier, by posting a poem he had written, “England’s Rose”, on Instagram.The poem may have lacked literary merit and resembled Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind”, but this time many on social media gushed over it.In a separate tribute on Twitter, Hamilton acknowledged the anniversary with a quote often attributed to the Princess. “I don’t go by the rule book,” he wrote. “I lead from the heart, not the head.” last_img read more

LeBron, Cavs Sweep Hawks, 118-88

first_imgCLEVELAND — LeBron James knew what he left behind when he bolted to Miami five years ago.He broke hearts at home, where generations of Cleveland fans only know championships through stories told by their fathers, yellowed newspaper clippings or grainy black-and-white film.James had to go back. “I’m a guy who believes in unfinished business,” he said. With four more wins, he can end a half-century of sports misery.James scored 23 points, Kyrie Irving provided a boost after missing two games and Cleveland reserved a spot in the NBA Finals with a 118-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on May 26 night to win the Eastern Conference title.By sweeping the top-seeded Hawks, the Cavs, who overcame adversity from the season’s start, earned their second trip to the finals, where they will face either Golden State or Houston starting June 4.It will be the fifth straight visit to the league’s showcase event for the inimitable James, who returned to Cleveland after four years in Miami to try and end this city’s championship drought dating to 1964.If he can, James will have a title that would put him in a class by himself. Other players have won more championships, but none has ever done it for his ring-starved home region.When he announced his return last summer, James talked about ending a championship dryspell that has linked generations. He has a chance to turn Cleveland, a city that has taken its fair share of knocks over the years, into a title town.“I understood what these people were going through, the people here,” he said. “Not only in Cleveland but Northeast Ohio and all over the world who love and bleed wine and gold. To be at this point tonight, it’s very emotional.”Jeff Teague scored 17 and Paul Millsap 16 for Atlanta, which won a team-record 60 games during the regular season and made the conference finals for the first time since 1970. But the Hawks were no match for the Cavaliers and had no answer for James, who nearly averaged a triple-double in the four games.J.R. Smith added 18 points and Tristan Thompson had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Cavs, who were handed new caps and T-shirts following the win and were joined by family members on the floor to celebrate.Sitting at the podium with James, Smith, who had been vanquished to the Knicks bench before being traded in January, adjusted the brim on his “Finals” cap and took a selfie.It was a tough way for the Hawks to end a remarkable season. They survived a tumultuous offseason, and their young roster gelled in January when they became the first franchise to go 17-0 in a calendar month.They went on to win 19 straight, improved their record by 22 wins over last season and beat Brooklyn and Washington in the first two rounds.But an injury to starting forward Thabo Sefolosha in April was followed by DeMarre Carroll injuring his knee in the series opener, before Kyle Korver’s season ended in Game 2 with an ankle injury.Those all hurt, but it was James who inflicted the most pain.James carried the Cavs to their first finals appearance eight years ago, when they were swept by San Antonio. It was assumed the Cavs would get back again, but James left in 2010 to join the Heat, a move that dropped the Cavaliers from relevance and into the draft lottery four straight years. But those days are over — Cleveland and King James reign supreme in the East.The Cavs got through the last two rounds without forward Kevin Love, who sustained a season-ending shoulder injury. His arrival last summer, joining James and Irving to form a Big 3, made Cleveland the team to beat in the East.It didn’t go exactly as planned under first-year coach David Blatt, who left his family in Israel to take the Cavs’ job. “We’re in Cleveland,” Blatt cracked. “Nothing is easy here.”The Cavs lost center Anderson Varejao to a season-ending Achilles injury in December and were 19-20 before trading for Smith, Iman Shumpert and Timofey Mozgov, a trio that transformed Cleveland.Irving, who missed Cleveland’s previous two games with tendinitis in his left knee, scored 16 and the All-Star point guard looked better than he has in weeks.Unlike Game 3, when he missed his first 10 shots, James started much better and scored 15 in the first half as the Cavs opened a 17-point halftime lead. They spent the fourth quarter playing their reserves and getting ready for a party and some time off before the finals.This was Cleveland’s night from the start.Following pregame introductions, James slapped hands with members of Gilbert’s family and then with his boss. The two mended their broken relationship last summer, paving the way for James to re-sign with Cavs and try to deliver the title he couldn’t during his first stint.James had a bounce in his step and it wasn’t long before he delivered one of his patented windmill dunks, prompting the Hawks to call a timeout while James ran the length of the baseline screaming at Cleveland fans to “Get up!”Moments later, Irving showed he could get up after being knocked down.He drove to the basket for a layup and was fouled hard. Irving, though, quickly popped to his feet and James, who was on the bench at the time, walked several feet onto the floor to salute his teammate.The Cavs know they’ll need a healthy Irving to take the next step — the one to the top.(TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more