Lewis Hamilton accused of ‘fake news’ by Hungary minister for fighting for LGBTQ rights
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Lewis Hamilton has been blasted by Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga for his Instagram post urging the country to support LGBTQ+ people. The country have recently introduced a law which prohibits sharing content on homosexuality or gender re-assignment to people under 18 in school sex education programmes, films or advertisements.
The government says it’s meant to protect children but critics say it links homosexuality with paedophilia.
Varga has even accused Hamilton of spreading fake news for his Instagram post urging Hungarians to vote the law down.
She told Kronen Zeitung. “I have sadly seen that Lewis Hamilton is also joining the camp of international fake news manufacturers by attacking our child protection law.”
“I suggest that Lewis Hamilton should read the Hungarian Child Protection Act,” added Varga.
“And then the shoe-maker should stick to making shoes, and a F1 driver should stick to driving.”
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Hamilton was vocal in his thoughts on the new law before the race weekend got underway on Thursday.
“To all in this beautiful country Hungary,” Lewis Hamilton wrote on Instagram.
“Ahead of the Grand Prix this weekend, I want to share my support for those affected by the government’s anti-LGBTQ+ law.
“It is unacceptable, cowardly and misguiding for those in power suggest such a law. Everyone deserves to have the freedom to be themselves, no matter who they love or how they identify.
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“I urge the people of Hungary to vote in the upcoming referendum to protect the rights of the LGBTQ+ community, they need our support more than ever.”
Hamilton was also supported by Sebastian Vettel who wore Pride-themed Converse trainers at the Budapest track.
The Aston Martin driver also had his say on the ‘embarrassing’ law introduced by Hungary.
“It is obviously not for us to make the law and it is not our role, but I think it is to express support for those affected by it,” he said.
“It is embarrassing for a country who is in the EU to have to vote or have some laws like this.”
The Hungarian Grand Prix takes place this weekend before the traditional F1 summer break.
Hamilton and Verstappen will fight it out on the track after their controversial crash last time out at Silverstone.
The Red Bull driver leads his Mercedes rival by just eight points going into the event in Budapest.
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