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Old 02-03-2011, 09:17 AM   #1
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Who doesn’t love Top Gear? Mexico. You’d be upset too if your entire country was disparaged by middle aged Limeys with bad teeth. Whoops, was I perpetuating a stereotype? Sorry about that. Check the video and see why Clarkson, May and Hammond are los tres duchas, and check out the backstory here. Oh, and the Mastretta MXT is cool – who doesn’t want more sports cars in the world?




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Mexican ambassador complains to BBC over Top Gear jibes

The Mexican ambassador in London has made a formal complaint to the BBC, after Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond described Mexicans as “lazy, feckless, flatulent and overweight” - and James May added that they eat “refried sick”.

Ambassador Eduardo Medina-Mora Icaza has demanded an apology over Sunday’s episode, which featured the remarks in a review of the Mexican sports car, the Mastretta.

“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,” said the ambassador’s letter. “These offensive, xenophobic and humiliating remarks serve only to reinforce negative stereotypes and perpetuate prejudice against Mexico and its people.”

He continued: “Although casual banter is an essential component of the programme’s appeal, humour never justifies xenophobia. It is not a matter of taste but of basic principles.”

Clarkson said during the item that no complaint would be made about the comments because the Mexican ambassador would “be sitting there with a remote control like this”. Clarkson then pretended to slump in a chair, snoring.

Top Gear is one of the BBC’s most successful but also most controversial shows. Clarkson apologised in 2009 for calling then-prime minister Gordon Brown a “one-eyed Scottish idiot”. Hundreds of viewers complained in 2008 when Clarkson made a joke about lorry drivers murdering prostitutes in the wake of the Ipswich murders.

A BBC spokesman said: “We have received a letter from the Mexican ambassador, and shall respond to him directly.”

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Old 02-03-2011, 09:47 AM   #2
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Oh boo-hoo. It simple if your offended do not continue to watch the show.

It's not like this is the first time they've mentioned offensive stereo types...and if the ambassador is a fan I'm sure he's laughed at other countries who were joked on.

Get over it la' douche.
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:57 AM   #3
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top gear UK crew are the biggest hypocrites, half the cars those twits bash on are in there garages
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:01 AM   #4
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Wait... isn't it xenophobicIO?

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Old 02-03-2011, 10:20 AM   #5
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They insult Americans practically every week... Lazy, fat, we drive Priuses...What's the big deal?
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:25 AM   #6
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^This. I can think of like 3 shows ever that did not trash talk Americans ........Who the heck takes them seriously?
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:27 AM   #7
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Let's see...

They've insulted:
-Germans (repeatedly)
-Poles (repeatedly)
-Frenchmen (repeatedly)
-Americans (repeatedly)
-Australians (repeatedly)
-Communists (repeatedly)
-Brits (repeatedly, but with less ferocity, mainly Northerners)
-Africa in general
-Chinese
-Koreans
-Japanese
-Russians

And no one's pitched a national **** fit.

And now they single out Mexico once and it's World War Tres?
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:37 AM   #8
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The international relations people need some bigboy panties.
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:41 AM   #9
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They made fun of Louisiana with good cause too. Recommended no one visit there or America for that matter.
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:50 AM   #10
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They made fun of Louisiana with good cause too.
So because NOLA is a hell hole our whole state is on the s41t list?
Eh, whatever..

They have made cracks at everyone, not going to keep me from watching the show. Its all fun till your country/heritage gets pointed out. Not like girls in the u.k. arn't fat too.. Get over it.
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:57 AM   #11
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They're comedians, comedians make fun of people. Get over it.

(for the most part they're right about people too... even Americans )
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Old 02-03-2011, 11:02 AM   #12
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So if we make fun of mexicans will it mean the illegals will go home?

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Old 02-03-2011, 12:03 PM   #13
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It only hurts if it's true? Seriously, they bag on everyone that's not a proper Brit. I would expect no less.
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Old 02-03-2011, 12:19 PM   #14
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I didn't know the Mexican ambassador in London spoke English.......

Peace,

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Old 02-03-2011, 12:31 PM   #15
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top gear is so lame these days. they resorted to humiliation of the UK to get their ratings up. I no longer watch top gear and I hope the american version wont end up that way. among the 3 hosts, tanner is the only guy that i genuinely want on the show as the other 2 were just complete clowns.
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Old 02-03-2011, 12:40 PM   #16
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Maybe I'm old but if it takes humiliation to be noticeable, then you don't possess any talent in the first place. They are car enthusiast first and that's what the show is about; not comedians. It's ok to crack jokes but making it habitual becomes a 'fill in' for their lack of creativity - IMO.
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I loved the episode, laughed at the comments and honestly it fits the show. But of course you saw this one coming. Who have they NOT insulted? It is all in good fun I think.
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Old 02-03-2011, 12:43 PM   #18
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What I want to know is WTF is wrong with taking naps?
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Old 02-03-2011, 12:52 PM   #19
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^ Naps are pretty awesome.
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whatever....
get a life people. it's only a joke from people who are known for jokes like this.
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Old 02-03-2011, 01:41 PM   #21
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Obviously it wasn't the most polite thing they could've said, but like most people have mentioned, Top Gear does poke fun at a lot of countries. No one else really whines about it.

Besides, it's not like we don't make fun of the British either. Even Tanner Foust cracked some jokes about them in Top Gear USA when he was talking about their bad teeth.
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Old 02-03-2011, 02:01 PM   #22
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I love this show. . . and will have more respect if there is no apology.

Err, actually I hope there is an apology, with a pause after, following with NOT. You gotta love a "not" joke.

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They should just leave it alone and not address it. Most viewers are smart enough to realize that it was just a joke that wasn't meant to attack anyone.

What caught me off guard when I heard about it was the fact that it was James Hammond who said it. I was expecting it to have come from Clarkson.
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I think this is unfair for May. He came out with the refried sick only after Jeremy said they eat sick with cheese.

I love sick with cheese and a side of refried sick with a good margarita. Better than jellied eels and spotted dick.
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They insult Americans practically every week... Lazy, fat, we drive Priuses...What's the big deal?
Fact they insult their fellow Brits more than any other countries in the world, France, Germany and America come second...then the rest of the world.
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