After homophobic remark, Moss drops sexist bomb

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British motor racing legend Stirling Moss has drawn the wrath of many by claiming that women don’t have the “mental aptitude” to compete in Formula 1, a month after he made a controversial homophobic comment.

In March, the 83-year-old said that he doesn’t want “a poofter” to portray him in a movie, with gay rights campaigners labelling the remark as offensive.

“I hope the actor would be masculine – not a poofter or anything like that. Perhaps the guy from Skyfall,” he had said referring to James Bond actor Daniel Craig.

He later explained to the Mirror that it would be “difficult for a homosexual to take on the part, as I have spent my life driving cars and chasing girls” and apologised for the comment.

"But I’m disappointed anyone could be so narrow-minded as to take offence," he added. “I have homosexual friends. There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s the way things are nowadays.”

Now, he has claimed that women can’t “race hard, wheel-to-wheel”.

"The mental stress I think would be pretty difficult for a lady to deal with in a practical fashion. I just don't think they have aptitude to win a Formula 1 race," said Moss.

His younger sister Pat, who passed away in 2008, "was a major star of rallying in the late 1950s and 1960s", according to Autosport, "beating her male opposition to outright victories and podiums."


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