The Monaco Grand Prix organizers were among the loudest opponents to Formula One’s decision to end the use of “grid girls” this year, so they’re going to have them anyway. Yet their role will change for this year, and there will be a mix of male and female models on the grid. So, progress? This actually sounds like…
Likely in an attempt to distract from their trash racing and lack of passing, both the Russian Grand Prix and Monaco Grand Prix plan to have grid girls this year despite Formula One deciding it wouldn’t use them anymore. The deputy Prime Minister of Russia justified it by saying Russia’s “girls are the most beautiful.”
Formula E: Home of the suspiciously slow electric race cars, and, apparently, suspiciously high levels of hypocrisy. After welcoming Formula One “to the 21st century” for removing grid girls, something Formula E claimed to have already done, the series’ CEO basically just said, “Nah, just kidding, we’re keeping them.”
Less than a week after confirming that it would no longer use grid girls at races, Formula One announced they’ll be replaced by grid kids starting with the 2018 season. The grid kids will be actual children—and the children are our FUTURE—not adult women whose very being is lessened by others repeatedly referring to…
Formula One’s use of grid girls is still “under review,” but instead of deciding whether to axe the concept altogether, F1 will try to make grid girls “more relevant” to competition. This weak and complacent move was, of course, going to happen the whole time. It was silly of us to think otherwise.
Something has been blatantly missing from much of the public debate as to whether Formula One should get rid of grid girls: womens’ opinions.
Jalopnik must apologize for our grave error last week, in asserting grid girls are not necessary—and even, possibly, harmful!—to racing. We were so very wrong because, as we recently learned from mediocre Formula One driver Nico Hulkenberg, male drivers need to see beautiful women in order to operate a car.
Depending on others’ opinions, Formula One’s new bosses could get rid of “grid girls”—an outdated concept in which women line a male-dominated racing grid, for few other reasons than being something to look at. It should go without saying, but having grid girls encourages objectification and gender stereotypes.
Male models will be joining the usual ladies on the grid for the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix. Finally, F1-devoted men of the world have the equal opportunity to be a human signpost before a race! Surprisingly, F1 head honcho Bernie Ecclestone even approves of the move.
Don't expect to see scantily clad women standing next to the cars at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year. According to Reuters, the FIA World Endurance Championship is dropping pretty ladies for pretty ladies' sake from the grid. It's about time.
The LeMons racers at Hella Shitty Racing, the ones building the first diesel Porsche 911, are furthering their rebuttal of "sexist grid girls." Say hello to the Sonoma Raceway Boys.
Look, if Grid Girls — barely dressed women standing next to race cars — are still going to be a thing, let's at least go for equal opportunity objectification. That's where Ryan Doherty comes in. He wants to be a Grid Dude.