Following the decision to get rid of the Formula 1 Grid Girls, fans are begging Channel 4 bosses to keep Countdown’s Rachel Riley on the Channel 4 show, with fears that glamorous women on TV may face the axe. Many are now concerned that the way in which women are presented within society could have an impact a number of platforms.
The 32-year-old TV personality could be just one of the attractive females on TV who could face the chop, as producers and bosses aim to keep the peace by abiding by feminist views.
Grid girls have been a part of Formula 1 since the 1960’s, however owners, Liberty Media have claimed that the female role no longer meets their ‘brand values’.
Former grid girls and brand models have claimed that such a move is essentially stripping away the rights of women who have chosen the career path and will leave many out of a job. Some have also stated that the ban is down to the sole responsibly of ‘snowflake’ feminists.
In light of the recent decision, Formula 1 released a statement to confirm the change: “While the practice of employing grid girls has been a staple of 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.” a spokesperson said.
Riley is known to dress-to-impress while presenting on the show, therefore viewers of Countdown have recently taken to Twitter to debate whether or not she may also be in the firing line – quite literally.
‘So I suppose Rachel Riley will now be asked to ‘dress down’ on Countdown. Let’s wait and see..’ one viewer wrote, while another agreed: ”They’ll make Rachel Riley redundant for looking hot in countdown’.
‘Please tell me the feminazis are not going to ban @RachelRileyRR from Countdown?’ one said, as another wrote: ‘Now let’s get rid of models and god knows what else. The world has gone crazy next it will be Rachel Riley in countdown.’
Another furious Twitter user discussed her feelings on the ban of grid girls: ‘It’s 2018 and these women have just had their income taken away from them because somebody doesn’t agree with that kinda Job roll anymore. WTF just happened to choice and equality?!. WOW! It’ll be cheerleaders next.’ she wrote.
However, one user went on to state that Rachel’s looks weren’t essentially the main reason why she was hired for the show, but the fact that she had enough intelligence to take on the role: “She has a mathematics degree from Oxford not because of her appearance. So please leave your idiotic comments in your pocket.” they penned.
Riley graduated from Oxford University with a second-class honours degree in Mathematics, therefore quite rightly deserves recognition for her achievements as many would agree.
The blonde beauty recently caused quite a stir as she spelt out ‘SQUIRT’ during an episode, in which contestants chose randomly vowels and consonants to create a new word. The way in which the letters were arranged on the board read out “OK I SQUIRT’ – awkward.
Although the word ‘squirt’ may not mean much to some people, it is often used in as a sexual reference, therefore not exactly ideal for a daytime show.
Even Rachel herself found the funny side of the gaffe as she struggled to hold in her laughter, and later tweeted a photo of herself with the phrase via her Twitter page. ‘Just another day at the office’ she captioned the snap.
Replying to the tweet, one fan wrote: “Looked like you really wanted to laugh when squirt came out on #Countdown @RachelRileyRR”.
It’s not just media stars who should be worried about their careers though in light of the ‘feminist’ move, but also boxing ring girls who are used for similar reasons as grid girls.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, a former grid girl stated that making such a dramatic decision could have severe impacts on the industry as a whole: “The grid girls are the complete package when it comes to Formula One, it is very different to Superbikes or ring card girls, the way they’re dressed is conservative”.
“It is going to affect the sport, and they also need to take into account from a models perspective these girls choose to do the job.” she said.
Another former grid girl Lauren-Jade Pope also told The Sun Online: “I’ve been doing this for over eight years now and it should be our choice what we do for work, whether it be this, whether it be hostessing, ring girl duties, we should have the choice.
“What’s annoying me more than anything is the so-called feminists, they are not even really feminists, are defending us without even asking us how we feel, and we’ve lost out jobs because of this.
“For me this was really just for the enjoyment. I have a passion for the motorsport anyway. I really enjoy the job and I get paid to watch the sport I love.”
She later revealed her anger via her Twitter page, writing: “Get me on @ThisMorning so I can defend #gridgirls. Because of these feminists, they’ve cost us our jobs! I have been a grid girl for 8 years and I have never felt uncomfortable! I love my job, If I didn’t, I wouldn’t do it! No-one forces us to do this! This is our choice!’.
Current ring girl Danielle Hanson told The Sun that women should have the choice to do as they wish if they decide to follow a particular path: “It doesn’t matter if she’s modelling, being a ring girl, or doing an office job at a computer — she shouldn’t be told she can’t do a job.” she said.
“It’s obviously worrying for everyone. Formula 1 is a huge sport and if it can happen it, it can happen to boxing. Ring girls are a tradition that has been around for a long while and it should not just be thrown away”.