An Emerging Informal Coalition?

Continuing with grid girls and darts girls bans, I’ve noticed that there seems to be a bit of a wave of revulsion at these bans. Hat tip to Nisakiman for this report on F1 world champion Niki Lauda’s reaction:

Niki Lauda hopes Formula One reconsiders its ban on ‘grid girls’, a decision he believes is “stupid” and “against women”.

This week’s announcement that the tradition of promotional models standing on the grid before F1 races will no longer continue has sparked a wave of headlines and debate in international media. While many have praised the decision, there has been criticism — former boss Bernie Ecclestone accused F1’s new owners of being “prudish”, while former promotional models have started a petition against the ban.

Three-time world champion Niki Lauda, who is currently non-executive chairman of Mercedes, has added his voice to the criticism.

“This is a decision against women,” Lauda told Austrian newspaper ‘Der Standard’. “Men have made the decision over the heads of women. This is not doing any favours to F1 and especially not for women. How stupid can they be? Are they nuts?”

Well, are they nuts? I don’t think so. I don’t see this as essentially any different from smoking bans. They’re engaged in social engineering. They’ve decided among themselves how people should live, and now they’ve set out to make them live that way. It’s a process of coercion, using top down control, piling taxes on things they don’t want (tobacco, alcohol), making laws to restrict or ban them, and at the same time promoting new values (e.g. environmental awareness, gender equality, multiculturalism, open borders, etc.)

Niki Lauda is an insider in F1 motor racing, and so he’ll know whether or not “Men have made the decision over the heads of women”. I’d be very interested to find out which men instigated the removal of the grid girls, and their reasons for doing so. One suggestion in the comments is that it might be because F1 now operates in Islamic countries, and so this is (yet another) capitulation to Islam, much like with halal meat.

But there are now several online petitions going a bit viral. The darts girls petition currently has over 46,000 signatures, and the grid girls petition have over 8,000 signatures. There are probably multiple petitions. And since F1 is a global industry in ways that darts is not, I’d expect the F1 petitions to appeal to a far larger fan base than the darts petitions, and if the darts petitions have so far attracted more signatures, it may be because the darts girl ban has been in place for longer than the grid girls ban.

What’s also interesting is that a few heavyweights, like Niki Lauda and Barry Hearn, have weighed in as well. Barry Hearn is, to the best of my knowledge, a snooker promoter with no direct links to either F1 or darts, so this is a case where someone from another entertainment industry may be seeing the writing on the wall for them.

Niki Lauda also said:

“If you continue on this path, there will be no cheerleaders left in America.”

Indeed. No cheerleaders and no pom-pom girls. And maybe even no carnivals in places like Rio de Janeiro.

When the “world’s biggest party” opens in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, one British woman will fulfil a lifelong ambition by gyrating her way into the carnival’s history.

Samantha Flores has been chosen as the top dancer on the lead float — the Império da Tijuca samba school — which will have a non-Brazilian principal dancer for the first time in its 78-year history. “It’s a privilege and a responsibility,” said Ms Flores, 37, a former public relations executive from Kentish Town, north London, who now runs a property consultancy in Brazil.

If the killjoys aren’t there yet, they soon will be. And they’ll be telling Brazilians that the carnival is “at odds with modern day societal norms” and probably also “outdated“.

These people are a threat to everything and everyone, and the sooner people realise it the better. Hat tip Vlad for this:

A grade school in Staten Island, New York was forced to cancel its annual father-daughter dance because it violated a new school district policy regarding transgender and gender nonconforming student.

The New York Department of Education directed schools to eliminate any gender-based practices like the daddy-daughter dance unless the activities served a clear education purpose, the New York Post first reported.

“If this doesn’t convince you that the PC/SJW movement has lost their minds I don’t know what will,” Donald Trump, Jr. tweeted. “This nonsense really needs to stop….”

“All this gender crap needs to just stop,” mom Akaia Cameron told the Post.

 “They’re trying to take away everything that everybody grew up on and has come to know and I don’t think it’s fair or right,” said Matthew West, a 32-year-old father of two daughters told the newspaper.

Might it be possible to imagine an emerging, informal coalition of everyone who, for one different reason or other, has got thoroughly sick of politically-correct, top down social engineering? They might disagree about everything else, but they’d at least agree about that.

I don’t follow either F1 or darts. So I shouldn’t really be interested. But I can see when puritanical busybodies are making life as difficult for other people as they have made life difficult for me, and make common cause with them. And I imagine plenty of other people can see it too.

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10 Responses to An Emerging Informal Coalition?

  1. garyk30 says:

    Wonder when F1 will go to a 60KPH speed limit?
    After all, we must not have the cheeeeldren thinking that driving fast is FUN.

    • Rose says:

      We must not have the children thinking that driving fast is fun and must be constantly reminded that fossil fuels are destroying the planet, but I’m sure solar powered cars driven responsibly will be fine. Having nearly been run over by electric cars sneaking up behind me several times because I don’t hear them coming, that should get rid of the noise problem too.

  2. Bandit 1 says:

    Just to say that Barry Hearn is the chairman of PDC, the darts org in question. I haven’t read his comments but it’s strange at first sight that he of all people should be unable to oppose a PDC ban.

    • nisakiman says:

      This is why I think that the grid girls ban isn’t driven by a desire to appease the Islamic countries which host races, although I’m sure that has a degree of influence. After all, there’s nothing to stop those countries from not using grid girls if they don’t want to. They could very easily negotiate an opt-out with F1 management.

      No, I’m still of the opinion that the driving force behind this is the broadcasters who pay big bucks for the broadcasting rights, and who, as I pointed out in a comment yesterday, are part of the MSM establishment who enable all the PC bollocks by validating it through their editorial stance. So however much the chairman of PDC disagrees with banning the walk-on girls, when faced with the plainly stated wishes of those who fund the sport, he has no choice but to capitulate. Likewise F1.

    • Frank Davis says:

      So has Hearn started a petition on behalf of F1 grid girls (it has his name on the top) but not darts walk-on girls he’s supposed to represent?

      Whoops! No. the petition with his name on it is actually for the darts girls after all. But if he’s boss of the PDA, why does he need to petition anyone.? Doesn’t he run it?

  3. Tich says:

    Frank – BarryHearn is the chairman of the Professional Darts Corporation

  4. buckothemoose says:

    Hearn is a big snooker promoter and you may remember, snooker used to be heavily sponsored by tobacco before the advertising bans came in. Hearn must be well aware of the damage social engineering can cause
    Snooker is now mainly sponsored by betting companies, but gambling is also well in the sights of the Nanny State now, and advertising bans for betting firms can’t be far away

  5. Peter Carter says:

    I definitely read on the BBC somewhere a feminist activist saying that she would have no problem with cheerleading if it was a sport in its own right, rather than a sideshow for male sport. So I should think that the Brazilian carnival women are OK, for now, because they are the ‘main event’.

    But otherwise, one of the main drivers for these bans may be ‘Stop Funding Hate’ style threats. i.e. threaten to whip up a twitter mob to attack those who sponsor the sports, possibly publishing directors’ names and addresses, etc. It’s the most instant, powerful, unaccountable way to control society ever invented, I think.

  6. Iowahawk tweet:

    F1 2023: driverless solar electric cars silently parading in front of empty stands at 15 mph

    • Peter Carter says:

      Yes! Every one of these small incremental changes in response to ‘societal norms’ is a small incremental separation of the sport (or business) from its raison d’être. When something starts being regarded as an institution, or the people’s something (the people’s Time Traveller, or the people’s suave spy) it begins to separate itself from the reason it came into being, and from the only people who really cared about it.

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