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Monday, April 7, 2008

Headline of the Day

posted by on April 7 at 9:23 AM

Also from the NYT:

Possible Nazi Theme of Grand Prix Boss’s Orgy Draws Calls to Quit

I wasn’t able to comment on this story when it broke last week because, uh, you know. And seeing as I’m a little late to the game—and the Internet is a race, after all, and to the death)—I won’t go on and on about it. But I would like to say this:

Having a Nazi fetish doesn’t make you a Nazi anymore than having a high heel fetish makes you shoe. Yes, it’s a disturbing fetish, as fetishes go, and it’s a particularly discomforting fetish for the son of the leader of the British fascists, feted by Hitler, imprisoned by Churchill, etc. But Max Mosely’s privacy was invaded, his actions were legal, and fetishes and fantasies are—when realized with consenting adults—nobody’s business save the participants.

Even when lashes are counted out in German.

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Nazis were super hot. 9/10 = hot.

Posted by Mr. Poe | April 7, 2008 9:28 AM

As far as I'm concerned, it beats the hell out of fucking bicycles or picnic tables. At least there were real women involved.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | April 7, 2008 9:32 AM

Sins of the father, and all that.

Posted by laterite | April 7, 2008 9:38 AM

He points out that it would be different if he had been speeding or driving drunk. But I wonder if he has ever sanctioned a driver for embarrassing the organization or the corporate sponsors? Big time racing exists to sell cars, and the ones paying the bills are only doing it for the PR.

Posted by elenchos | April 7, 2008 9:43 AM

Thanks for posting about this, Dan. When I first read the story last week, my first thought was, "where does Dan Savage stand on Nazi fetishes?"

Posted by Hernandez | April 7, 2008 9:44 AM

Shoe = Nazi

Very interesting.

Posted by McG | April 7, 2008 10:04 AM

Why don' you ever see anybody dressed up as a Nazi on Halloween?

Posted by KeeKee | April 7, 2008 10:07 AM

Were the prostitutes legal? Five of them, dressed in Auschwitz rags, five hours for a mere GBP2500. Elliot Spitzer is a mug.

Posted by Fnarf | April 7, 2008 10:07 AM

OK, fetishes whatever. But I didn't know prostitution was legal in Britain--didn't he pay the women for sex too? And, as Fnarf pointed out @8, he didn't pay them very well either...

Posted by PopTart | April 7, 2008 10:35 AM

I thought you were supposed to pay hookers with punches and kicks...

Posted by i'm better than women | April 7, 2008 10:41 AM

This reminds me of Eating Raoul.

Posted by keshmeshi | April 7, 2008 10:49 AM

Requests for him to step down sort of struck me as par for the course. I mean, even if what he did was legal, since when do we say, ok, well, he followed the law, so nothing to see here people. When someone has a weird sexual fetish (Vitter's diaper fetish) or has an affair, we crucify them, even if what they did is perfectly legal.

It shouldn't be so, of course, but it is. He can take a stand against it, or he can accept that his credibility and effectiveness as a representative of the organization has been compromised (unjustly) and step down.

Posted by Julie | April 7, 2008 10:59 AM

Take a stand? What, "yeah, I like to pretend I'm whipping concentration camp victims, got a problem with that?" He's shaming F1, the worlds richest sport (check out those driver salaries).

Which is fine by me. I'm pleased as punch, actually, because it's a hilarious story. The best punishment for him, as with all Nazis, is endless public ridicule.

Posted by Fnarf | April 7, 2008 11:22 AM

Who released the film in the first place? It seems pretty apparent that one or more of the prostitutes must have known about the camera because I doubt Mosely released the film. The owner of the dungeon may have had it wired, but then one must wonder to what end? It doesn't appear to have been the first time he acted out that fantasy. It sure sounds like a set up.

Posted by inkweary | April 7, 2008 12:43 PM

#7 - In England at Fancy Dress parties, you can't throw a [insert something very, very English here that could also be thrown] without hitting someone dressed as Hitler. The context is a bit different there, though.

Posted by Dougsf | April 7, 2008 2:51 PM

@15 -- spotted dick?

But I'm with @12 and @13 here. Sure, what he did may have been "harmless and completely legal", but he deserves punishment for his criminally bad taste.

Posted by Irena | April 7, 2008 6:17 PM

The fact he has waged a personal war on anyone in the sport who 'brings it into disrepute', the fact he is a married man, the fact he is the figurehead of 100s of motoring organisations the world over means he simply has to step down.

Posted by race cars | April 10, 2008 4:25 AM

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