Top Gear pokes a stick at the Mexicans

Posted: February 2, 2011 in News, Videos
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Top Gear presenters left to right: Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May

It seems that the guys at Top Gear have offended yet another group of people – this time it’s the Mexicans.

Eduardo Medina Mora, Mexican Ambassador to the UK, wrote a letter to the BBC about “insults” made by the Top Gear presenters, Richard Hammond, James May and Jeremy Clarkson.

The boys where doing their usual news bit where they reviewed a Mexican sports car and were less than complimentary about the car and the nation it originates from.

There’s not much else that I can add that the video itself can’t tell you better, so make sure you watch it.  What I can tell you though is that Mr. Mora didn’t hesitate to let the BBC know just how he felt about the comments uttered on the popular motoring TV show, as he said: “The presenters of the programme resorted to outrageous, vulgar and inexcusable insults to stir bigoted feelings against the Mexican people, their culture, as well as their official representative in the United Kingdom.”

“These offensive, xenophobic and humiliating remarks only serve to reinforce negative stereotypes and perpetuate prejudice against Mexico and its people.”

The BBC has not responded to this as of yet, but they have assured that they will respond directly to the Ambassador.  As a result, this makes Sky Sport’s very public handling of the football sexism case quite a bit more laudable.

Source: Autoblog UK


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