I agree. The only thing that I have logged about Hamilton's race is about him being the first black driver to win a pole/race/WDC/multiple WDCs. Never anything negative. This doesn't mean that they haven't been any negative reports of course, just that I haven't noticed any myself. They tended to go down on the gossip side to whom was he dating, etc.Zoue wrote:I would disagree with that, quite strongly. I've not seen any evidence that the media has any beef for Hamilton because of his race. On the contrary, when sportsmen/women in the UK are subjected to any kind of racial abuse the media usually whips up a storm in their defence.mikeyg123 wrote:Hamilton gets a really hard time in the British media as well. Certainly no love in.Blake wrote:Are you as concerned by Hamilton's people and media love?Frenk Biber wrote:I think that however great he was, his legacy is stained by cheating. On a more general note I despise the way how in the era of Schumacher and Armstrong people and media loved how a sport was totally dominated by one person by all means necessary. I hate Tiger Woods as well.Blake wrote:Are you suggesting that Schumi used drugs as Armstrong did, or is it an attempt to discredit Schumi's accomplishments because you see him as a great cheater?
Or.... just praising them for both winning the most treasured titles 7 times ?
Our media doesn't like it much if you're black, successful and don't know your place.
The UK generally has a problem with success. It's not a culture that sits comfortably with it. They will cheer the plucky underdog forever but the moment that underdog becomes successful that tends to change and the media quite often looks for ways to bring that person back down. And the British are obsessively proud of their country, combined with a fixation about taxation and people paying "their dues." Whenever someone leaves the UK it's quite often seen as some kind of betrayal, and if that someone goes somewhere that's seen as a tax haven then they may as well eat babies for breakfast as far as the media is concerned.
Having said all that, I don't see Hamilton having that hard a time with the British media. Sure, if he's caught doing something silly, they'll be merciless, but overall the fact he's a Champion means they rally behind him and are generally supportive.
But it is true, the British media love to elevate people, especially an underdog. But they seem to love even more seeing them failing spectacularly.