‘the glades’ portrayal of female nascar fans is gross

The GladesI know I REALLY need to write-up my weekend at Infineon, and I will, but I had to write about the NASCAR-themed episode of The Glades that aired yesterday on A&E. It included appearances from NASCAR drivers Carl Edwards, Brian Vickers, Tony Stewart and Joey Logano.

While I loved that NASCAR got some primetime attention, I’m not happy with how female fans were depicted (that and all the bad acting). First, why were there tons of women milling around the garage wearing the same outfit, all the same age and dress size? What’s up with the girls behind the fence jumping up and down, screaming incessantly, in tank tops being called “wafflebellies” with the hopes of being “wife’d”? (that’s an actual term people use??)

This whole thing drives me NUTS. The show made it seem like ALL of the female fans were groupies. And it wasn’t even necessary for the plot! Of course I know that there are many pit lizards out there (saw an inspired group of them at Infineon) but there are more women who purchase hot passes because they’re fans, and only that, not because they want to troll the garage for a husband. A woman shouldn’t have to walk into the garage with a guy to be considered a legitimate fan of the sport. We shouldn’t have to wear a burka to be taken seriously.

I’ll give them the storyline with the little girl who wants to be a racer when she grows up, but other than that all the episode did was create a false stereotype of female racing fans. Like I said before it wasn’t even integral to the plot, so why bother?

The whole episode is here, if you’re interested in watching.

(photo credit: A&E)


  1. Andi
    June 27, 2011 at 6:20 PM ·

    Preach it!

  2. Tho023
    June 27, 2011 at 7:07 PM ·

    Amen, sister!! :)

  3. fiftyone
    June 27, 2011 at 8:38 PM ·

    I was a bit disgusted with the whole show…

  4. Melody
    June 28, 2011 at 10:25 AM ·

    I couldn’t agree more…but you forgot the character modeled after Teresa E! Yet one more stereotype of NASCAR wife/mom…
    At least Tony got his lines right and with a straight face ;-)
    GREAT blog here Valli

  5. Erin
    June 28, 2011 at 11:37 PM ·

    I completely agree. I thought the show, itself, was mediocre at best. The most enjoyable part for me was when Tony crossed out the 20 on Logano’s cap and signed his name on it. :o) The rest was pretty disappointing.

  6. Megs
    June 30, 2011 at 7:29 PM ·

    I havent watched the Tv show because I work nights….I taped it and I see I havent missed anything….But atleast I got to Smoke……lol

  7. July 2, 2011 at 1:20 AM ·

    It’s unfortunate that sexist jokes and ideas have still infiltrated the world of racing. But then again, even not saying anything about it is in a way sexist itself.