Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has been hit with major backlash for his ‘sexist’ comments.
Ecclestone suggested in a conference on Tuesday that women would ‘not physically be able to drive a F1 car quickly’, and added they ‘wouldn’t be taken seriously’.
The Formula 1 chief executive did, however, reveal that he thought more women could reach top jobs like his, saying: “Women are more competent, and they don’t have massive egos.”
Obviously, the 85-year-old’s remark immediately prompted plenty of fierce criticism from pretty much everyone.
Telegraph Women’s editor Emma Barnett was at the event featuring Ecclestone and tweeted his comments in disbelief:
— Emma Barnett (@Emmabarnett) April 19, 2016
And Sky’s senior political correspondent, Sophy Ridge, soon followed:
— Sophy Ridge (@SophyRidgeSky) April 19, 2016
At the same event, Ecclestone mused that immigrants had not provided any benefit to the UK, showed his support for Britain leaving the European Union, praised Trump as a potential president, and said Vladimir Putin should be running Europe.
Arguing that Donald Trump and Putin would work well together, Ecclestone said that Trump ‘would be fantastic as president’, citing that he would own up to his mistakes.
He also mentioned that comments he had made in praise of Adolf Hitler’s leadership methods in a 2009 interview were taken out of context, but then reiterated to say that the Nazi leader ‘got the job done’.
He got a lot of backlash from the public (obviously), and was quickly trending on Twitter:
It's a tough ask to be racist, sexist, big up Hitler and be a Putin fanboy in one single interview. But not everyone is Bernie Ecclestone.
— Rob Minto (@robminto) April 19, 2016
Immigrants have brought nothing to the UK, says Bernie Ecclestone, who's immigrant ex-wife cleaned him out for £740m https://t.co/h7n6kFhftC
— Ian Prior (@ianprior) April 19, 2016
— Mark Garrett (@_Mark_Garrett) April 20, 2016
I'm going to learn to drive and become a top F1 racer just piss of Bernie Eccleston.
— Luce Lips (@crapolatombola) April 19, 2016
To sum the session up so far: Bernie Ecclestone is pro-Putin, pro-Trump, anti-immigration and doesn't think women can do Formula 1 #AWEurope
— Mediatel (@MediatelNews) April 19, 2016
Maybe Formula 1 needs a new boss. Any anti-Trump female immigrants up for the task?