for my take on this
I had to let it mull for a bit. I actually thought… “fuck it” and really couldn’t be bothered, but then insomnia crept in, and it’s far too late to be walking around my apt accomplishing anything. (neighbours wouldn’t appreciate that) so… here goes…
Let me just say that if his spiked hair and goatee and George Hamilton tan didn’t already scream “mid-life crisis”, then his goo-goo eyed, bordering on inappropriate lust for The Princess seals the deal. His venomous launch against Milka also screams.. “scorned and rejected”, but maybe that’s just my take.
There are so many things wrong with that piece (well the entire premise for one) that it’s really hard to point out any one thing.
First and foremost, can anyone else say racist? inappropriate use of racial stereotypes in a negative way? “yip yip yip”, “charo”, “Chihuahua”. Come on Jack… did you really need to stoop to that level, on the Series main website??? If you were doing a little blog elsewhere, you would probably get a pass… but as an official spokesperson for the series?? nope, sorry.
As much as I can’t stand Danica, I would never get away with that type of profiling remark on OWW.net.
Uncalled for. Unprofessional. And considering who it was on behalf of, ironic.
*disclaimer: when i referred to Milka as the Charo of IndyCar a few posts back, it was in reference to her charming, welcoming demeanor with fans. Always smiling, always friendly. I grew up with Charo. I love Charo. Give me a Charo-centric Love Boat episode an I’m in heaven! but I digress… *
“but the bottom line is that Patrick was in the right in this one. Milka overreacted.”
ya riiiiiiiiiiiiiight. Tell ya what Jack, when I see you in Edmonton this week, I’m going to storm down pitlane towards you with a cameraman in tow (how convenient that there just happened to be someone filming that huh?), then I’m going to make a big gesture of slamming my water bottle down and lean right in your face and the first thing out of my mouth is going to be (quoted verbatim from Danica):
You have no fucking idea what you are doing out there!!
Now you tell me Jack, will you overract in return? I know I fucking would. She just came to talk my ASS.
“Patrick is refreshingly old school. He father, T.J., taught her to settle her differences with fellow drivers person to person. Don’t go running to the officials.
And I quote Ms. Patrick from said video again: (said in a neener neener manner as she stomped away)
“you know what then, Brian Barnhart is going to talk to you, he’ll take care of it”
Yes, well if you’re going to tattle on her anyway (even though you’re old school and have been taught otherwise) why not just let him do his job in the first place and concentrate on becoming a better driver yourself Ms. Blocky McBlockerson.
“Is there a negative bias by some media folks when it comes to D.P.? I’m beginning to believe so.”
I can’t believe he typed that with a straight face. Are you fucking kidding me? The Princess has been and still for the most part gets a free pass from everyone and Arute is the biggest fucking offender there.
I guarandamntee that if it were one of the backmarker male drivers going after the other male drivers week after week, and making stupid mistakes (which could lead to serious injury in some cases) week after week. The words “old school’ and “plucky” and “media bias” wouldn’t come into play.
As John Stossel would say: “Gimme a fucking break”
(ok, when he says it, the word fucking is implied, but you know there are outtakes somewhere… )
Jack, you’re a Fanica. We get it. Just admit it. But don’t try to cram it down our throats in the name of some sort of journalism, or question everyone else’s journalistic integrity in the process. Puleeese.
Listen I’m the first to come to the defense of “my beloved chrome horn” (*winks at Jeff) if I feel he is being unjustly attacked, but when he sticks his head up his ass and does something ridiculous (*cough* San Jose *cough* ) I call him on it just like everyone else.
I could continue…. but…
I’m going to give the final word to Michael Knight, a man who I hope someday to meet in person as his columns are like my home study course in the world of motorsports journalism and PR. (if you don’t already have him bookmarked, please add him now)
From todays entry:
* Baseball will have some on-field scuffles during the season. But you would never see a player from one team enter the opponent’s dugout. Managers/coaches/players from both teams, as well as the umpires, would stop him.
That’s the equivalent of what Danica Patrick is doing, invading a different team’s pit area, no matter what side of the wall she occupies. This, among other things, represents a failure by team management (we’ve long ago passed the point of expecting the PR people to do the correct thing) and IRL officials. From the standpoint of PROFESSIONALISM, the question must be asked (again) in the aftermath of her “talk” with Milka Duno Saturday at Mid-Ohio: WHY was Danica ever allowed into another team’s pit stall? (Monday night, Bill O’Reilly included Patrick in his “Pinhead” segment.)
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