Πέμπτη, 3 Μαρτίου 2011

F1 & Bernie Ecclestone

Yesterday, while I was watching BBC news from the comfort of my sofa, the female sportscaster reported on an interview with Bernie Ecclestone.  This isn't much news in itself, he is, after all, the President and CEO of Formula One Management and Formula One Administration.  What did amaze me was that during an interview with formula1.com (which he owns) he dropped the following bombshell:


Q: So the phrase ‘money makes the world go around’ is a fact?
BE:
Sex and money make the world go around. That is why I am sure that not so long from now 50 percent of the decision makers in the economy and politics will be women. Women have always had a strong influence, and have probably been in the background for too long. Isn’t there the saying that behind every successful man there is a woman?

Q: That suggests that you think women have a different approach to making decisions…
BE:
Yes, I do. I think that women don’t get trapped so easily in their own ego. Women don’t have to play golf to make deals, they simply have to work harder to get the same acceptance as men. As their egos don’t stand in their way they decide things less emotionally and in the end that serves the cause.


And this is when the both of the female broadcasters smiled, giggled, and agreed that yes, all's well!!! But, wait, hang on!!! Is this the same Bernie Ecclestone that, in 2005 made headlines in the USA with his reply to a question about Indy car driver, Danica Patrick's fourth place finish at the Indy 500?  At that time his reply was:


 "She did a good job, didn't she? Super. Didn't think she'd be able to make it like that. You know, I've got one of these wonderful ideas that women should be all dressed in white like all the other domestic appliances."

So, women of the world celebrate!  In the space of six years, at least in the mind of Bernie Ecclestone, women have gone from refrigerators to unemotional decision-makers.  Champagne anyone? 

As alway, Sunshine & Daisies!!!




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