Originally Posted by sugarbutch
Hip-hop folks have been buying and flaunting Mercedes since the '80s. Cars aren't bullshit raincoats. Car companies eagerly place their vehicles with all kinds of celebrities, from footballers to starlets to rappers. Mercedes is strongly associated with dictators, too, and it doesn't seem to have hurt the brand.
As for Lewis, he has had the same associations since his McLaren days, but he didn't have the strong social media presence at the time. The ability to do stuff like this was part of the move away from McLaren. If Merc didn't know who he was, they weren't paying attention.
Ok, then you tell me why he's the one targeted for replacement? Too good at racing cars? If the association, as you say, is beneficial, then why not look to replace 'boring', 'well-bred', 2nd place Nico? Seems crazy that he's labelled the problem, you must agree?
If none of these angles are correct, then we're left with less appetizing possibilities like LH having a dependence. Note the Mavericks dumped Lamar Odom more than a year before anything became public. These things happen.