Friday, July 15, 2011

"Gal" Friday! Paige Duke

After a third party posted nude pictures of former Miss Sprint Cup Paige Duke, NASCAR invoked a morality clause in Duke's contract to fire her. Paige claims that the photographs were previously taken by her then boyfriend while she was a freshman in college and while she was in her second season with the program. NASCAR offically claims that firing Ms. Duke was justified, since she is the face of the brand at racing events and that she has to have a good image behind it. In this case, the nude photos that were released negatively impacted their reputation and would therefore adversely reflect on their brand. They say that the firing is harsh only because it is a hard lesson for her to learn.

Look, I know bullshit when I smell it and it is laughable for an organization run by and catering to beer-swilling, tobacco-chewing rednecks to adhere to a "morality" clause in the first place. Hell, half the audience in the stands at Nascar events can't even spell the word morality, much less understand it.

The important thing to focus on here is that a coterie of boardroom holier-than-thou types just decided that a smoking hot young girl, who was hired for being just that, no longer measures up. As far as I'm concerned, Paige Duke just became the "official" spokesmodel for The Comic Book Catacombs. At least until next Friday!

"Daisy Duke" she ain't, and in my opinion she's way hotter, but this weeks "Gal" Friday selection has suddenly found herself leaping from the frying pan directly into the fire. Paige Duke is a local "gal" from Clemson, South Carolina after all, so she has the firm support of the Catacombs (and I DO mean that literally).


Mike D. said...


Pappy said...

Not being a NASCAR fan I had no idea of the rage over Paige, but I agree that the image of the sport isn't sullied even slightly by a beautiful nude girl.

The publicity might work against NASCAR but it might help her. I remember that Vanessa Williams became more famous after being fired as Miss America due to her girl-on-girl pics. She went on to a successful career. Paige could take a page from Vanessa!