Public Apology From James Allen sign now

James Allen Commentator on ITV Formula One coverage.





The above recently had an article posted on ITV-F1.com about the rise of Lewis Hamilton and the backlash that has happened to said driver.





James made the following comments:





I was aware as the season went on of a growing anti-Hamilton lobby in F1 and among the public.


There is a racist element in there, it would be naпve to say otherwise, but it is also born out of jealousy. Some people just cant handle seeing a new star getting plaudits.





But Hamilton is beyond all that. Hes not a Spice Girl or a new footballer, hogging the headlines. Hes the real deal and even the most sour and bitter person has to admit that, if they know anything at all about racing.


Perspective is always hard. It only comes with experience, but then again experience tends to make people jaundiced and cynical.





As a seasoned F1 fan I find these comments defamatory and completely unfair. He speaks like everybody must worship Lewis, when in reality everybody has the right to support and to dislike any driver, it doesn't makes you stupid to do so, we are all different and think differently, that's the beauty of this world.





How dare James suggest the only reason people dont like Lewis is because of how well he is doing, and even worse pull the racism card! I find this so offending to every F1 out there and also to Lewis. Im sure hell be delighted when he reads what James has said.





I am no Hamilton fan and I am also no racist. I am also the fan of the WDC, so why would I be jealous.


Quite simply I think ITV should take away the privilege of commentating on the races, if not sack him for these comments.





To ITV





The undersigned all find James Allens above comments defamatory and degrading. We may not support Lewis Hamilton, but we see no reason that someone in James privileged position should be allowed to say there is a racist element to this dislike. If a normal person said these kinds of comments they would be in a lot of trouble.





At the very least we expect a public apology on the ITV site to fans of all races, all over the world.


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  • 30 September 201550. Rachel Barr
    I support this petition
  • 29 September 201549. Jolandi Rojas
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  • 07 August 201548. Karen R
    I take great offence at being accused of racism just because I do not support Mr Hamilton
  • 26 July 201547. Catherine B
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  • 24 May 201446. Mike Pierce
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  • 21 July 201345. Sallyann Keith
    I am not a fan of Hamilton but James are unfounded
  • 16 April 201344. Peter A
    I'm not racist, nor am I jealous of Hamiltons success. I am however sick of watching ITV-F1 and hearing James Allen fawn over him every race. I also didn't appreciate the way he generalised and assumed that just because people don't like Hamilton it has t
  • 15 April 201343. Mike T
    His during Kimi's final victorious laps in Brazil were inexcusable."raikonen deserves to win a championship, weather he deserves to win this one, that's for you to decide at home"
  • 04 January 201342. Kate L
    I support this petition
  • 06 November 201241. David W
    James Allen is wrong to stir up trouble like this
  • 16 August 201240. Kirsty W
    The reason i dislike Lewis Hamilton is certainly NOT based on his skin colour! i think these are absolutely ridiculous, from a man who is so obviously biased towards Hamilton, and therefore thinks that everyone should support him.
  • 11 March 201239. Iker Hendricks
    I support this petition
  • 06 February 201238. Lee M
    disgusting unprofessional journalism
  • 12 September 201137. Response Fromi
    We take all user feedback on the ITV Sport website very seriously, and I understand the concerns of the people who have taken the trouble to post on this website. However, I believe that this complaint is based on a misunderstanding. If you read carefully
  • 26 June 201136. Sidney Frank
    It would be incredibly nice to hear unbiased commentary for once from James Allen. I believe a public apology is the least he can give.
  • 24 May 201135. A P
    I am disappointed that James would comment in such a way. There are many reasons to (dis)like drivers and racism isn't the universal reason for disliking Lewis. James's are just as bad as ITVs season-long biased programming. There are other drivers out t
  • 14 December 201034. Brian Of
    I have already sent an email to James through the ITV website. I think he abused his position by writing that piece as it was ill-thought out and the throwaway use of racism to categorise anti-Lewis fans was disgraceful.
  • 01 November 201033. Antonio Cabrerar
    I support this petition
  • 04 October 201032. Kelly R
    This man just gets worse and worse. He makes it almost unbarable to watch a race at times because he gives no credit to any other driver other than lewis hamilton. He must be replaced!
  • 14 May 201031. Leesa F
    Completely uncalled for, I'm glad we don't need to deal with his in the US.
  • 11 October 200930. N Marks
    Bring back Murray Walker. James Allen's an offensive waste of space.
  • 30 June 200929. Paul Arnold
    Never mind an apology, he should be sacked
  • 17 November 200828. Heidi T
    James Allen is basically saying that every single person should, no, has to support Lewis Hamilton! I'm really sorry but no thanks! It's really easy to say that when you're not a fan of Lewis then you're a racist, just because of his skin tone. Sorry, but
  • 16 December 200727. Andrew E
    James Allen needs to take a long, hard look in the mirror before accusing fans of any kind of bias, let alone racism! He's the worst kind of fan - a glory hunter. First Schumacher, now Hamilton. Let's see who he chooses to support when Hamilton's "talent"
  • 28 October 200726. Andy Pham
    What a dreadfully blinkered, fawning article. Although having had the misfortune of tuning into 'The Lewis Hamilton Show' on ITV at 1pm every other Sunday for the past year it doesn't really surprise me that this drivel has been published by ITV
  • 26 July 200725. Deepak P
    We need an public apology from james allen to all the fans of F1 whom he has colloecttively called racists
  • 27 February 200724. Selina M
    James Allen has long destroyed my enjoyment of F1, ever since he took over from Murray Walker

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