“Respect His Personal Space”: Morality Debate Erupts on Twitter After “Disgusting” Fan Girl Invades Charles Leclerc’s Privacy

Published 01/25/2023, 6:15 AM EST
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 3, 2022 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc before the race REUTERS/Molly Darlington

Charles Leclerc has been one of the heartthrob drivers of the F1 paddock lately. Many fan girls just like him for his charming good looks. Often, fans love to come and have a picture with their favorite drivers like Leclerc. Though, back at the 2022 Australian GP, one fan girl just took it too far with the Monegasque driver.

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According to some archive footage on Twitter, a fan girl was getting a picture with Leclerc, whilst holding his arm. But, after that, she tried to quickly give Charles a kiss on the cheek. To this, the Ferrari driver instantly backed off and dodged the girl’s advances. The girl too walked away, trying to make it seem as normal, but it didn’t look like it.

Charles might have felt that the girl invaded his privacy and personal space, despite not knowing him. Drivers often like to interact with fans. But such gestures may be crossing the boundaries at times. With this archival footage from last year’s Australian GP, fans have erupted into a morality debate, labeling the girl as “disgusting”.

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Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – July 9, 2022 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc after practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Many feel only “if the roles were reversed in this situation”, what would everyone be saying about Charles then? Personal violations like this may cause a lot of problems if it was a converse situation, involving a male fan and a female athlete.

F1 Fans Spark Morality Debate on Twitter about the “Disgusting” Fan Girl with Charles Leclerc

As usual, folks on social media will react to anything and everything and this archive footage of Charles Leclerc with this fan girl ain’t an exception. F1 Twitter has erupted into a debate about how wrong or right the girl was. Mostly, fans are blaming the girl for crossing the line and disrespecting Leclerc’s personal space.

Of course, Leclerc is a human too, regardless of being a famous athlete. So, if he does not wish to get kissed by a random fan; one should respect his privacy. Fans have the same overwhelming opinion, citing how social media would break down if the roles were reversed.

Besides this morality debate, there is also the fact that Charles Leclerc was in a committed relationship at this point in time. So, certainly, the Monegasque driver ain’t done anything wrong to dodge the fan girl’s advances.

Often, F1 drivers seem to enjoy a good life while being single. So, with Leclerc’s recent breakup with partner Charlotte Sine, he would also like to live some moments of enjoyment while focusing on his F1 career.

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While Twitter would go on about this for some time, Leclerc won’t be looking to lure anyone near him with the 2023 season on the horizon. With a good training camp, he looks set to gear up for a title challenge with Ferrari this year.

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Aishwary Gaonkar

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Aishwary Gaonkar is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his postgrad, he has set out to venture into the world of Sports Journalism. He is an ardent fan of F1 and has been following the most prestigious form of motor racing for over a decade now.

Edited By: Varunkumaar Chelladurai

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