October 20, 2005

THEN WHY DO WE HATE TENNIS?:

Why America Loves NASCAR: (Hint: Because it's not black.) (David Wright, October 14th, 2005, Village Voice)

By saying NASCAR isn't black, I mean it isn't African American. And NASCAR is not at all black: Not in the cockpits of the stockcars; not on the pit crews; rarely, if at all, among the multitudes filling the 160,000-seat speedway stands. It's considered an all-American sport, inclusive and meritocratic, but to see it on TV or in person, it does have a certain flavor.

Not all of America loves NASCAR. It's mostly those who live in the "red" swath of middle America, an area that includes the South and the Southwest and that helped elect George Bush last November. These are the ones who punched Dubya's chad, the ones who did so purportedly as a vote for "values." So significant is this group that television networks are increasingly gearing their programming toward it.


Colorful cars. Go fast. Crash. No one cares what color the drivers are. Indeed, the whole cracker theory falls apart when you consider a phenomenon the Voice itself has written about in the past, one of the leading drivers is a poorly-closeted homosexual.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 20, 2005 7:27 PM
Comments

Love NASCAR. My son got me interested about 15 years ago. Not as much fun since Sr. died. Tim Richmond died of AIDS. Too old to have been hanging around with Jeff.

Posted by: jdkelly at October 20, 2005 8:48 PM

"It's mostly those who live in the "red" swath of middle America, an area that includes the South and the Southwest and that helped elect George Bush last November...So significant is this group that television networks are increasingly gearing their programming toward it."

"It's mostly those who live in the "red" swath of middle America, an area that includes the South and the Southwest and that helped elect George Bush last November...So significant is this group that television networks are increasingly gearing their programming toward it."

Pssst: nobody tell Mr. Wright this, but networks (to varying degrees) have been aiming the bulk of their programming--at least sports and fictional series--at flyover country since television began.

Posted by: Ed Driscoll at October 20, 2005 8:51 PM

Folk-enemies despise the car culture just as they despise the gun culture. Surely ho surprise here.

Free men and women can transport themselves where they will and when they will, and they can defendt themslves when they get there. Gun people are long used to false accusations of racism and even anti-semitism.

Cars and guns are both components of a spirit of freedom. Both militate against the power of the state to ram the values of the intelligencia down the throats of the people.

Posted by: Lou Gots at October 20, 2005 9:00 PM

Big colorful machine go fast, be loud, sometimes boomcrash.

Posted by: oj at October 20, 2005 9:06 PM

Same with classic rock. As long as you deliver the power chords, red state yahoos couldn't care less how much of a poof you are (Bowie, Queen, Judas Priest, 80s hair metal, etc.)

Posted by: David Hill, The Bronx at October 20, 2005 9:39 PM

Right OJ, 20 laps to go, the Old Man on the chase. It was fun and wasted a lot of gas too. Even got the wife intersted. If you don't understand SR.,'s charisma, you don't understand the red states.

Posted by: jdkelly at October 20, 2005 9:47 PM

Lou's on to something.

Instead of Nascar voters, how 'bout Dukes of Hazard voters. You got the stock car, the guns, not to mention the still, and anti-gummint to boot.

No wonder I liked that show as a kid.

On the other hand, OJ, there's no way to get away from "the man" when you're on a train. As that poor sob in London found out a couple of months ago. Boss Hogg would've rounded up those Duke boys real fast if they needed to take the train.


Posted by: Jim in Chicago at October 20, 2005 9:49 PM

JIm, my kids made me watch the Dukes too, Could be a "Dukes" rather than a"NASCAR" voter. Is ther a difference?

Posted by: jdkelly at October 20, 2005 10:29 PM

Burt Lancaster, The Train.

It's a man's movie. Dukes was for pubescent boys.

Posted by: oj at October 20, 2005 10:30 PM

If Red America indeed dislikes blacks, and watches NASCAR for the crashes, would it not rather see black folks in the cars getting obliterated?

Posted by: Al Cornpone at October 20, 2005 10:31 PM

The Train. A great movie. But the 'passengers' weren't people.

Posted by: jim hamlen at October 20, 2005 11:27 PM

The people trying to stop the train were Nazis.

Posted by: oj at October 20, 2005 11:41 PM

Nascar is about alot of attractive women, but regardless this is a cool clip about trains (alfred hitchcocks 1935, 39 steps)

Posted by: h-man at October 21, 2005 6:03 AM

In "V for Vendetta" doesn't V blow up Parliament using an underground train? 'Nuff said.

Posted by: Governor Breck at October 21, 2005 8:09 AM

Are the rumors about Jeff Gordon?

Posted by: Matt C at October 21, 2005 9:40 AM

"Runaway Train" with jon voight and eric roberts.
i love burt, but this movie is far more powerful than anything he ever made.

Posted by: anon at October 21, 2005 10:20 AM

The fascist wants to stop that train too.

Posted by: oj at October 21, 2005 11:09 AM

I was not allowed to watch the Dukes of Hazzard because it was "denigrating to police officers." But I watched it down the basement. Really is a moving tribute to the freedom of the automobile.

Posted by: rds at October 21, 2005 11:33 AM

Re the Voice:

That was no lady he was with, that was a man. man.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at October 21, 2005 12:28 PM
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