Instead of my usual trial stuff, I am now putting up a piece about Formula 1 and what they are doing.
Like I said before: “when it’s no fun anymore, I’m out.” That’s been my warning to the entertainment industry for all of what it has been doing lately, with all their politics and boring movies, and now it’s also my warning to Formula 1. This week, they decided to get rid of the gorgeous grid girls on the track at the start of races, saying the practice is “clearly at odds with modern-day societal norms.”
Yes, political correctness has struck again. More puritanism! More left-wing fascism! And people still wonder why Trump has supporters? It’s stuff like this!
Incidentally, this sport is now American-owned. This is Liberty Media making this move, so it figures.
I notice ex-boss Bernie Ecclestone was criticizing this decision and saying how he would never have done this. I also notice a lot of “grid girls” have been taking to social media and trashing the decision as well. I know Kelly Brook has condemned this decision (and I have plenty of time for Kelly Brook, I think she’s great); so have a few other ones:
There has been a huge backlash from race fans on social media, bigger than I expected. Seriously, I can’t believe how mad people are about this.
But seriously, what do these new owners think this sport is, tennis? Grid girls are a part of auto racing, just like cheerleaders are part of football. Just like walk-on girls are part of darts — except, wait a minute, they’ve had to walk the plank as well.
Like I said, every sport has a culture, and the culture of auto racing is to have glamorous women there. It’s a glamorous, sexy sport, people, so don’t turn around and say it should act dead-serious like the other sports. This is not tennis, folks, this is not golf, this is not curling! This is not the Olympic Games! It’s auto racing, folks. Auto racing!
And what is the culture of auto racing? That’s right: fast cars, and fast women.
Besides, it is not as if these grid girls are scantily clad. Not at all. In fact, a lot of them wear classy dresses and similar outfits these days, particularly in these more conservative places like Malaysia.
Anyway, it doesn’t matter. The vocal minority has struck again. Don’t try to sell me on this line that getting rid of grid girls is feminist. This so-called “feminist” decision has just put a lot of women out of their glamorous, fun gigs at F1 races that could have led to modelling jobs that would have made them rich and famous. Even if they didn’t, they still got into these races for free! And got paid.
Now these women will have to settle for boring office jobs. Also, instead of getting into F1 races for free, they’ll have to fork over $200 bucks to get in like everyone else. Good luck getting anywhere near the track.
This raises another question. With the grid girls gone, is F1 now going to cut their ticket prices at races for the fans?
I didn’t think so. Same old sky-high ticket prices, but less to see. Nice work, F1.
It is stuff like this that makes you nostalgic for the good old days of F1, the days when they still staged races in countries with democratic forms of government, and when they still had cigarette ads all over the vehicles. Remember those? They weren’t so long ago, either. Of course, this sport eventually got rid of cigarette advertising, because cigarettes are bad for people. So, what are they saying here? That beautiful women are bad for people?
Oh yeah, that’s right: men are bad for people. I guess that’s the message F1 is sending.
Seriously, any further nonsense from F1 and I’m done with them. I’ll simply follow NASCAR full-time. Next thing you know, these guys in charge there will try and ban the gasoline in the F1 cars because it pollutes the environment.
Update: As an aside, race car legend Niki Lauda has also condemned this decision, but is suggesting maybe bringing in additional “grid boys” to go along with the grid girls. I’d be fine with that. What’s good for the goose ought to be good for the gander and vice versa, but no one in the F1 leadership is thinking of the fans right now.