Jeremy Clarkson, one of the hosts of the BBC’s popular car show Top Gear, is the target of some serious complaints after making an offensive comment about a Japanese car on the television program. Clarkson apparently violated BBC guidelines, as well as offended the public, when he compared a Toyota Prius with an aftermarket modification to people with growths on their faces. While I can understand how the remark is offensive, this is certainly nothing new for the show and its “edgy” humor; it would be nice if people could just lighten up a little, especially once they see the car he was referring to.
The BBC’s editorial standards committee (ESC) stated that while the remark was made for an exaggerated comic effect, it strayed too much into an offensive stereotypical assumption. Clarkson referred to the Prius camper-van as an “elephant car” and explained that if it were to attend a party, no one could talk to it without looking at something else. Looking at the car described, it’s hard not to laugh at his offhand remarks.
The Top Gear hosts are known for making controversial comments, such as when Clarkson said that installing a toilet in the back of a car would be perfect while in India, where they were filming a special, as “everyone who visits gets the trots.” The BBC has of course issued apologies, but the only ones who should be apologizing are the aftermarket company to Toyota for the monstrosity they’ve created.
[via NZ Herald]