Anti-Mexican sentiments on UK TV

BBC show Top Gear has been called out by the Mexican Ambassador to the UK for a series of “outrageous, vulgar and inexcusable insults.”

In the show broadcast on Sunday Jan 30, hosts  Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond took jabs at the new Mastretta MXT sports car which hails from Mexico, and citing that “cars reflect national characteristics,” they said the autos would probably run like a “lazy, feckless, flatulent oaf with a moustache, leaning against a fence asleep, looking at a cactus with a blanket with a hole in the middle on as a coat.”

The Three Amigos: Hammond, Clarkson and May—they just scream out vibrancy, activity and youth don't cha think?

“Feckless”? Clearly, The Three Pendejos are not aware of the marvelous wonder that is Vochol

Co-host May chimed in by saying that Mexican food is “like sick with cheese on it.” Sick of course, being Brit talk for puke. Perhaps he was talking about this?

FYI, Top Gear is not a snarky commentary show a la Colbert Report of Daily Show. It’s a show devoted to cars.

Later in the broadcast, Clarkson expressed that their off-kilter remarks most likely wouldn’t get any complaints because “at the Mexican embassy, the ambassador is going to be sitting there with a remote control like this [snores].”

Sadly for the racist wanker, his Excellency Eduardo Medina-Mora Icaza was somehow awake from his de rigueur siesta and it was early enough in his daily Tequila bender to take note, and write a stern letter to the British Broadcasting Corporation criticising the show and demanding a public apology.

“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 Embassador stated.

According to Yahoo! UK, it’s not the first time the show’s hosts have been on the wrong side of the exhaust pipe. In 2008 two of them came under fire for sipping gin & tonics while behind the wheel for a stunt. Classy!

Update: In response to the international attention, the BBC offered an apology…sort of.

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