The Lotus Formula One Team is apologizing after its official Twitter account posted this image of two men kissing in connection to the opening of the Winter Olympics on Friday, February 7. It claims that the original tweet was "unauthorized."
The tweet, which Lotus deleted later that day, can be viewed to the right and was promptly replaced an apology that said, "We would like to sincerely apologise for an unauthorized message posted on our Twitter account today & will ensure this cannot happen again." Responses to the kerfuffle on its Twitter page have mostly focused on confusion as to what the original tweet was and why it was removed.

While the Sochi Olympics have been controversial among LBGT groups because of Russia's laws banning so-called "gay propaganda," the country has a growing importance in F1. In fact, the first Russian Grand Prix is scheduled to run later this season on a circuit around the Sochi Olympic Park. Genii Capital, the team's owner, has business interests in Russia, and according to the BBC, the Lotus F1 team is working on a deal to with Russian mobile phone company Yotaphone to sell it 10 percent of the team.

The Lotus team's twitter account is known for being quite different in the F1 world. Where most team's official Twitter accounts push out little more than press releases, Lotus is more playful. For example, after the announcement of double points in the last race this season, it published its own list of comical rules changes. This time, it appears that its free spirit ran afoul of sponsors.


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      MistyGreen
      • 10 Months Ago
      I'm waiting for this now - "We apologize for the apology..."
      Rob J
      • 10 Months Ago
      Well this seems to be a pretty good "click generator" for AutoBlog.
      Patrick
      • 10 Months Ago
      It's only gross because the guy on the left drives a Z28 and the guy on the right drives a Boss 302.
      robert
      • 10 Months Ago
      So two recent posts on autoblog about men kissing or getting married get more comments than car related posts, LOL! Who cares. Get a life and move on.
      Austin Holloman
      • 10 Months Ago
      How sexually insecure does one have to be for this pictures to upset you? Pathetic...
        pwr2lbs
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Austin Holloman
        If someone is insecure about it, are they wrong? It is a presence, personal comfort issue. Not everything needs to be crammed down peoples throat until they accept it, plus in most cases that has the opposite effect. It is called diversity, thought you would know something about it.
          pwr2lbs
          • 10 Months Ago
          @pwr2lbs
          If it was a picture of two girls kissing, Or a man and a woman ******* face I would consider it still not appropriate for a website I look at while at work. Like they say in HR training, would you want your child to watch or see it?
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Austin Holloman
        [blocked]
        A W
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Austin Holloman
        I agree. Real men don't mind at all with these kind of pictures because real men are secure. The only people who are offended aren't really people, just sheep who can't think for themselves.
      Alex Rodriguez MacFa
      • 10 Months Ago
      Yuuuk. This is so gross. I can understand if they want to get married, they deserve that right. And I also don't support bullying but what bothers me is that the media wants to yank the gay agenda down our throat. It is unnatural ( you don't have to be a scientist to figure out which sexual organs go together to reproduce), disgusting and people need to respect that opinion. It's ridiculous that now almost every movie, tv show and now freaking sports need to support the gay agenda and make it seem like is so natural and normal. It is sexual orientation, not a race, so it doesn't have to be mandatory to support homosexuals. If Russia doesn't support homosexuality, the media and people need to respect that. I agree with Pope Francis when he says "who am I to judge?" But then again, if I don't support homosexuality.....who are they (homosexuals) to judge?
        Austin Holloman
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Alex Rodriguez MacFa
        What school of science did you receive your degree from?
        Sozo
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Alex Rodriguez MacFa
        By unnatural you mean going against nature right? Well, tell that to the over 1500 species that practice homosexuality...I'm pretty sure it's natural for them too. As for your brilliant lesson on reproduction you should take not that the parts do fit. The male's sex organ that is responsible for orgasm is located in his ass and is easily reaches by another man's penis. So..kinda looks like that's natural too. Guess the big guy upstairs thought of everything. Hmm
          Alex Rodriguez MacFa
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Sozo
          Those species are call animals for a reason. They don't think or reason. And the anus was not desing to be penetrated. Ask any proctologist.
          Sozo
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Sozo
          Well, I don't know about your proctologist but for ever expert you can find to support what you believe, I can find just as many to counter it. Long story short the parts fit...which is saying something. Let's not forget that straight folks have ******** too...
          Alex Rodriguez MacFa
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Sozo
          @jodie88 . Scientifically ok, yes, we are animals, BUT we are the only species that think or reason. We know whats right from wrong. The thing is, the world doesn't like discipline or follow rules. They want everything to be normal or natural. In that case don't judge pedophiles. Where on earth says that a 30 year old can't engage in sexual relationships with a 15 year old? The Law? Humans made that law just like they made a law against gay marriage and it was broken. What if a brother wants to do his sister? OMG gays probably will think thats awful. Who are they to judge? Or mormons who want 7 wives. Why can't they do it? I'm fine with their marriage but absolutely no adoption nor parades and districts. Ridiculous! Sick!
      dovegraybird
      • 10 Months Ago
      What's the big deal? It's a nice picture. Reminds me of my son and his partner. They both usually need a shave too.
      Stinkyboy
      • 10 Months Ago
      Keep it in the bedroom, train station bathroom and rest stop. do we really want to know what goes on behind every closed door?
        interruptive_cow
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Stinkyboy
        Exactly! Straight people should keep their disgusting mating habits private. It offends my gay sensibilities.
          Stinkyboy
          • 10 Months Ago
          @interruptive_cow
          you kiss your mother with that mouth? does she know where it's been? gobble gobble gobble gobble
        William Flesher
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Stinkyboy
        What freaks you out isn't "sleeze", because it's everywhere. You are freaked out because professional athletes, families, and other good people are also gay, and not ashamed. That totally destroys your fantasy about sex in public restrooms.
          Stinkyboy
          • 10 Months Ago
          @William Flesher
          I hate going in a public restroom to find the seat down.
      vvk
      • 10 Months Ago
      I guess I have to blacklist Autoblog on my kid's computer now.
      axton72op8
      • 10 Months Ago
      i visit this website for the awesome auto coverage, but by posting that homosexual article and photo, i think autoblog wants a gearhead like me to stop using this website. i dont want to see that stuff. its too political anyway.
        ELG
        • 10 Months Ago
        @axton72op8
        I agree. lots of agenda going on here today. Capped off with a highly inappropriate picture.
        Ian D.
        • 10 Months Ago
        @axton72op8
        Deal with it!
        William Flesher
        • 10 Months Ago
        @axton72op8
        Just go to the next story and avoid what makes you uncomfortable. I do the same thing with news about Camrys. They are horrifying to me. But I do not freak out, or imagine myself having to drive one against my will. I do not think Autoblog needs to change it's editorial standards in order to spare my feelings. You saw a picture of two guys kissing, and you didn't like it. The sensible thing to do is move on to something else you do like. Call it different strokes for different folks and stop acting like you are too fragile and precious to handle it.
        Austin Holloman
        • 10 Months Ago
        @axton72op8
        You wont be missed.
        Tyler
        • 10 Months Ago
        @axton72op8
        It would be nice if enthusiast sites wouldn't get into politics, wouldn't it?
          Quen47
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Tyler
          This is a blog dedicated to coverage of the automotive world. Frequently that intersects with politics. If you don't want to read it, don't
      Koenigsegg
      • 10 Months Ago
      I am not okay with this gay crap and im not afraid to admit it. Its disgusting seeing two dudes kissing ON THE LIPS. What the fuq?
        FIDTRO
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        And what's your opinion on seeing two girls kiss? I bet it's an entirely hypocritical one.
          Aaron N
          • 10 Months Ago
          @FIDTRO
          Tesla Fan aka Dan Hendricksen is a walking contradiction. So yes, he will be hypocritical.
      ELG
      • 10 Months Ago
      seriously? you needed to post a picture of two dudes making out on the front page of autoblog?
        Ian D.
        • 10 Months Ago
        @ELG
        @ELG why don't you tell us how it makes you feel? Does it make you feel incredibly small? Does it cause your blood pressure to rise? Does it make you feel like the world you once knew is no more? LOL good! Get over it!
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