The Grand National is an annual horse race event held at Aintree Race Course in Liverpool. Like most high profile horse races around the world, it has become somewhat of a periphery display in fashion and high society. Unlike many other horse race events, however, the Grand National appears to be infiltrated by a local swath of local Liverpudlians who lack the money, class or social status to maintain such appearances. As is apt to happen, the mixture of prole Brits, booze and pretentious imagery creates for some epic failures which photographers appear to happily illustrate. This is especially on display the first day of the 3-day event, the day known as “Ladies Day.” This appears to be the day the skanks come out of the woodwork and their bumbling, drunken and embarrassing visual escapades bring great revulsion (much of it feigned, I suspect) to those reading.
Here is a smattering of some less than flattering photos from last year’s Grand National:
Despite the fact there many other photos representing female race-goers in a very legitimately sexy, well-cultured manner, Aintree Managing Director, John Baker, told the press he will “crack down” on photographers who portray the female race-goers in a humiliating light. Nothing is mentioned of protecting the male attendees, however.
Managing Director at Aintree John Baker says it’s time to stamp out the unfair coverage which has surrounded the event in recent years.
And he says the racecourse will do everything it can to protect women from feeling intimidated and mocked by cruel national media images.
“We have talked about trying to monitor those photographers, so if we see any element clearly looking for a negative shot and we can identify that, we will take their accreditation off them and we’ll kick them off the site. That’s not easily manageable, but that’s what we’ll endeavour to do.”
“We want people to be able to express themselves, and we want to make sure that the people who look fantastic on Ladies Day are what people remember it for,” he adds.
“This is my third National, and when you’re actually here you look around and think, these ladies look fabulous. Then you look at images in the Daily Mail and you think how out of order it is. It’s just not representative of our customers, or the people of Liverpool, or women in general.
It’s obvious that Baker, and anyone else from Aintree who acts as if the honor of its female patrons is of utmost urgency, is blowing smoke up our asses. It’s the image of the race he is trying to sanitize. It’s difficult trying to run a “classy” event when the images of such women are what the public comes to associate with Ladies Day and Aintree’s Grand National event.
Rather than hold women accountable for their behavior, Aintree directors will take the lazy, weak route that so many men resort to when confronted with the uncomfortable and awkward barrier of female entropy.
Let’s punish those who reveal it instead.