Saturday, April 5, 2008

From Hero to Zero in 6.2 Seconds

As HHR staff goes, I know the least about the multi-billion dollar sport of Grand Prix racing. However, living in DC, I do know a great deal about politics. Most likely you have heard about the ever-increasing attention being paid to "NASCAR Moms and Dads" in political campaigns and polling. Thus, any story from the reputable TIME Magazine, which generally covers current events and political analysis, about the off-topic of Grand Prix would naturally catch my eye.

Were it not for his family history, the British media might eventually have dismissed the Nazi-themed sex romp of international motor-racing chief Max Mosley as just another instance of British upper-class bad taste. But Mosley, the urbane president of the body that governs Formula One racing, is under increasing pressure to resign following revelations of a sex scandal involving prostitutes, sadomasochism and alleged Nazi-style role-play. That pressure may reflect the brand concerns of mass-market automakers involved in Grand Prix racing, but the fact that Mosley's parents were high-profile Hitler fans may have intensified the media clamor.

Another product of living in DC and working in politics is that we know a great, juicy sex scandal when we see one...
...and this is certainly one of those times: what it frothily described as "a depraved Nazi-style orgy in a torture dungeon." In the secretly filmed video, the paper reports, Mosley "barks orders in German as he whips two hookers dressed in striped uniforms reminiscent of Auschwitz garb while girls in Nazi uniforms look on."

Grand Prix just may be a game I can get into now!

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