Posted Jan 17th 2012 11:37AM
A good portion of the population here in The Colonies have some sort of connection to the British, whether it is a direct connection or the Brits decided that our people needed to be civilized. While the rest of us have, for the most part, developed a somewhat more politically correct sense of humour, many of those back in Jolly Olde still get a belly laugh from a bit of derogatory abuse.
This is why Top Gear front man, Jeremy Clarkson will never be fired by the BBC, no matter who he ticks off. Brits love him, so he can go on and keep offending whoever he likes, just so long as he keeps bring the viewers back.
Beyond the obvious appeal of Top Gear, Clarkson's wit manages to offend people here too. A few weeks ago, the Chevrolet Orlando was the subject of one of his occasional stories in the Toronto Star's Wheels section. The lead in photo was taken by non other than yours truly. While a group of journalists was relaxing with some of GM Canada's PR staff following the Detroit Auto Show media preview, the General Manager of a Toronto area General Motors dealer (no word on what a dealer guy was doing at a press event) approached their head of PR and demanded to know "What are you going to do about Clarkson's story". In front of a half dozen journalists. He was politely told that nothing could be done and to take the story with a bit of a sense of humour as it was intended.
A good many of Jezzer's rants don't apply to vehicles though, as his commentary crosses all sorts of lines from race to religion and back again.
Check out his Top 10 Most Offensive Gags after the break, along with a Clarkson's rather amusing views on Jaguar owners.
- February 2011, The Mexicans When Hammond compared Mexican cars to the nation's people, saying: "a lazy, feckless, flatulent oaf with a moustache, leaning against a fence asleep", Clarkson replied that they wouldn't receive a complaint because: "at the Mexican embassy, the ambassador is going to be sitting there with a remote control like this [snores]. They won't complain, it's fine." They complained.
- August 2010 - Special Needs While discussing a pair of Ferrari's, Jeremy said one of them was a "simpleton" that should be called the "430 Speciale Needs". The National Autistic Society took offence to that one.
- July 2012 - Burkas and Lingerie While on the topic of distracted driving, Clarkson came out with: "Honestly, the burka doesn't work. I was in a cab in Piccadilly the other day when a woman in a full burka crossing the road in front of me tripped over the pavement, went head over heels and up it came, red g-string and stockings."
- November 2008 - Lorry Drivers Always happy to tick off the working class, Clarkson compared truck drivers to a British serial killer: "Change gear, change gear, change gear, check mirror, murder a prostitute, change gear, change gear, murder. That's a lot of effort in a day." There were many complaints to the BBC over that one and an MP asked that he be fired.
- April 2007 - Perodua Kelisa The Malaysian government took offence to Jeremy blowing up one of these cars that was built in their country by "jungle people who wear leaves as shoes" and saying the name sounded like a disease.
- December 2005 - The Germans In a now legendary segment, Clarkson gave a Nazi salute during a Top Gear episode about BMW and said their sat-nav "Only goes to Poland".
- February 2009 - Gordon Brown A bit of politician bashing is nothing new, but when Clarkson called the Brit PM "one-eyed Scottish idiot", the Beeb received many complaints about the Scottish idiot part. Not so many about the one-eyed bit.
- October 2009 - Black Muslim Lesbians This one was in the Top Gear magazine as Clarkson complained about TV programmers wanting "black muslim lesbians" on shows to balance out the white heterosexual males that dominate Brit tele. Not surprisingly, this offended many.
- July 2008 - Drink Driving In a classic move, Clarkson and May enjoyed a gin and tonic while driving to the North Pole. Jezzah justified it by saying they weren't on a road. He actually did get in trouble for this one, from the governing body that oversees the BBC.
- October 2007, Smoking Jezzah offended anti smoking folks by lighting up a Porsche branded pipe during an episode of Top Gear. They accused him of breaking the law for smoking inside the studio.
Source: The Telegraph
Image Credit: Top Gear