NASCAR’s social stance is a carefully crafted corporate opinion designed to appeal to the untapped LGBTQ market, while not offending its conservative fan-base. NASCAR allowed the governor of Texas to wave the green flag at a marquee event, and are now back-tracking and apologizing.
…as recently as the NASCAR All-Star Race, Texas governor Greg Abbott waved the honorary green flag to signal the start of the race. Abbott has made headlines in recent months as he directs citizens to report parents of transgender children for abuse, introduces Texas’ own version of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law, deems books touching on LGBTQ+ subjects “pornography”, enabling restrictive voting measures that target communities of color, funding the border wall…Elizabeth Blackstock, JALOPNIK
Oh, NASCAR, it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.