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James Franco, the self-absorbed actor who penned a poem for President Barack Obama’s inauguration, took what many believed to be a sexist dig at female NASCAR driver Danica Patrick before the start of Sunday’s Daytona 500.

Franco, as the honorary starter, was supposed to utter “gentlemen, start your engines,” described as “the most famous words in sports” before the Daytona 500. Instead, Franco said, “Drivers … and Danica … start your engines!”

Patrick has raced in NASCAR races before, and honorary starters have often said, “gentlemen and lady, start your engines” or “lady and gentlemen, start your engines” to mark the beginning of the race.

Franco’s comments can easily be interpreted to have been a dig at Patrick, implying she was not a “driver” like the men. Conservatives would never even be given the benefit of the doubt. But because Franco is a part of the liberal Hollywood elite, the “war on women” crowd will unlikely punish him for his remarks or reprimand him for a bad attempt at humor.

His comments can be seen below. NASCAR reporter Jenna Fryer was perplexed as well by Franco’s introduction.



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  • JLP

    What a dumbass.

  • Mary Anne Clark

    I just thought he couldn’t remember his lines, and since there is no “take 2” in a live broadcast, he just had to look stupid!

    • blueangel69

      He was prolly stoned.

  • Kat

    Oh, for gosh sakes, who cares?

  • Chris Knight Drost

    I am suprised Danica did not climb out of the car and smack him upside the head telling him she is a driver…what a jerk

  • bill bloomer

    Anybody here bother ASKING Franco what he meant? On-scene reporters did. He had said *prior to the opening of the race* that he was going to make a special “shout-out” to Danica because he was rooting for her to WIN. Maybe he did it un-artfully, but I don’t think he meant it to be sexist or demeaning. Learn the lesson we’re always throwing in the Left’s face … Check your Facts.


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