Formula One paused before the start of the season in Austria on July 5 to propagandize the Black Lives Matter movement with drivers wearing black shirts with “End Racism” and “Black Lives Matter” messages. Additionally, before the start of the Grand Prix pilots knelt in support of the BLM movement. However, six drivers, including Russian Daniil Kvyat, remained standing.
According to Kvyat, the proposal of the organizers seemed to him strange, as it contradicts his Russian mentality. He said that that Russians take a knee before the homeland, the flag and God.
Grand Prix of Austria became the first stage F1 in 2020.
One cause. One commitment.
— Formula 1 (@F1) July 5, 2020
The decision of the part of the drivers less committed to the current neo-liberal propaganda trend to not take knee faced a strong criticism in mainstream media. Sky Sports commentators claimed that it was a “monumental moment” and it was supposedly appreciated by fans (spoiler: No) although some said that it “wasn’t united”. CBS Sports editor Igor Melo said that all drivers not kneeling was a “bad look”.
The two future stars of F1 stood up. Bad look https://t.co/5lNq7QBi5Q
— Igor Mello (@SuperIgor) July 5, 2020
Meanwhile, F-1 fans:
So proud of these respectful drivers. Respectful to the Austrian people standing during the Anthem… ⬇️
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
Carlos Sainz (McLaren)
Daniil Kvyat (Scuderia AlphaTauri)
Kimi Raikkonen (Alpha Romeo)
Antonio Giovinazzi (Alpha Romeo) pic.twitter.com/ruU65kMfn4
— PoliticalPig (@politicalpig) July 5, 2020
Charles is correct, F1 drivers should not be branded 'racists' because they refuse to 'take the knee'; drivers should not be coerced into making blatantly political gestures if they do not feel it is appropriate.
— Neil Kirby (@EarlKirby) July 5, 2020
Meanwhile, it also appears to be safer to be an ethnic Russian in the United States amid the ongoing BLM riots. Videos below show how rioters react to Russian ‘Borsccht-loving’ guys that come to check the safety of a Russian restaurant in San Diego:
Another interesting fact is that BLM radicals and gangsters also prefer to avoid areas populated mostly by Latin Americans.
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