June 23, 2005


Patrick upset, confused by comments from Formula One boss (Seattle Times, 6/23/05)

Patrick upset, confused by comments: Danica Patrick is upset at Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone and confused by his comments likening women to "domestic appliances."

Patrick received a telephone call from Ecclestone last week during which he congratulated the Indy Racing League rookie for her performance at the Indianapolis 500. But he also reiterated remarks he had made during an interview at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Among the comments Ecclestone made in the interview and to Patrick was: "Women should be all dressed in white like all other domestic appliances."

Everyone knows they should be dressed in tweed, like Margaret Thatcher...

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 23, 2005 7:53 AM

I dunno. There's a strong case to be made for both the miniskirt and the Vietnamese ao dai.

Posted by: Mike Morley at June 23, 2005 8:54 AM

I wonder how long it will be before Mr. Ecclestone resigns to "pursue other opportunities and spend more time with my family."


Posted by: Mikey at June 23, 2005 9:06 AM


Have I got a look for you: mini-tweed

Posted by: oj at June 23, 2005 9:08 AM

Ugh, tweed. Too hot for Florida and in any case it makes you look fatter. You'd be answering the "Does this make me look fat?" question every day.

Posted by: Buttercup at June 23, 2005 10:46 AM

I certainly am not PC but unless he issues a groveling apology, he should quit or be fired. What a stupid comment. Doing it in an interview once is one thing but to repeat it her is awful strange and offensive.

Posted by: Bob at June 23, 2005 11:13 AM

Ecclestone is not going to be fired because he owns the deal. Nonetheless, between the Indianapolis race fiasco (only 14 cars out of 20 refused to start the race because of a dispute about tires) and this idiocy, he will not be able to make any inroads against NASCAR in the American motorsport market.

To which, I say so what. Grab a lawn chair and a six pack and go sit by a freeway, its just as entertaining.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at June 23, 2005 11:33 AM

What a moron! He needs to explore other career opportunities, soon.

Posted by: Dave W. at June 23, 2005 11:37 AM

delete the "only" from the parenthetical.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at June 23, 2005 11:38 AM

Of course he has a nurse fetish. In his line of work, he sees ratchets constantly.

Posted by: ghostcat at June 23, 2005 11:48 AM

ghostcat: i hate puns but that one was pretty good

F1 is a farce. now Deathrace, there's a real sport.

Posted by: cjm at June 23, 2005 11:55 AM

"they should be dressed in tweed, like Margaret Thatcher"

That may be the most disturbing thing you're ever written.

Posted by: Brandon at June 23, 2005 12:05 PM

Eric Roberts in tweed? That's just twisted.

Posted by: joe shropshire at June 23, 2005 12:29 PM

Just as long as it's not Eric Roberts in a miniskirt or an ao dai. [shudder!]

Posted by: Mike Morley at June 23, 2005 1:26 PM

White is out as a color for domestic appliances, but it's still the color of the surrender flag which I predict he'll be waving very shortly.

Posted by: erp at June 23, 2005 2:31 PM

What about tweed underwear?

Posted by: ratbert at June 23, 2005 3:25 PM

tweed suspenders (British usage)

Posted by: cjm at June 23, 2005 7:53 PM

Yes, for Korean baseball players only, however.

Posted by: Dave W. at June 24, 2005 12:35 AM