July 13, 2006

The Worst Woman-Driver Joke of the Year

My prediction that the rise of Danica Patrick would spur a return of '70s-era women-can't-drive jokes never really came true, but fellow driver Ed Carpenter did the next-best (or worst) thing yesterday, making a tasteless joke about how Danica will succeed in her upcoming NASCAR run, "especially if you catch her at the right time of the month."

Normally Carpenter would be in lots of trouble for such a thing, and I could see him losing sponsorship. But then again, the IRL isn't exactly in the same PC throes as the other major sports, and all Carpenter was doing was recycling the 25-year-old Robin Williams joke about how if there were a woman president, "there would never be any wars. Just every 28 days, some severe negotiations."

Posted by Stephen Silver at July 13, 2006 01:08 AM

It also probably helped Carpenter that Patrick herself said she thought it was funny.

Posted by: Gib at July 14, 2006 10:45 AM
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