NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer explained an unsuspecting German reporter what it means to be a redneck.
During Michael Waltrip Racing’s NASCAR Sprint Media Tour stop, Bowyer was asked by reporter Wolfgang Monsehr to comment on his upcoming stint in the 24 Hours of Daytona.
Bowyer started to wonder aloud if he’d fit with the European drivers at the race. “Do they have rednecks in Europe?” Bowyer asked Monsehr. In the conversation that followed, Bowyer embodied every stereotype foreigners have about Americans.
When the reported replied he didn’t know what a redneck was, Bowyer said: “I’m going to redneck it up big time. Should I wear cowboy boots in the Ferrari? That’s a redneck, by the way.” The confused journalist asked if wearing a cowboy hat makes one a redneck. He added that they have people like that in northern Germany but those people are generally regarded as less intelligent than the rest of the population.
Here’s the entire conversation as reported by USA Today:
Bowyer: “Do they have rednecks in Europe?”
Monsehr: “I have no idea what this word means.”
Bowyer: “I’m going to redneck it up big time. Should I wear cowboy boots in the Ferrari? That’s a redneck, by the way.”
Monsehr: “That’s a redneck, to wear cowboy boots?”
Bowyer: ”With the firesuit tucked in. That’s full-on redneck.”
Monsehr: “We have some of those people living in Germany in the north.”
Monsehr: “But German rednecks are regarded as less intelligent than the rest of us.”
Bowyer: “Yeah, that’s us!”