The BBC have issued an apology after the storm that has erupted following comments made about Mexico on popular BBC Two show Top Gear.
Top Gear presenters, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May labelled the Mexicans as “lazy”, “feckless” and “flatulent”
The Mexican ambassador was so insulted by the comments that he felt moved to write to the BBC, complaining about, “outrageous, vulgar and inexcusable insults.”
A Spanish subtitled version of the show has appeared on YouTube and had led to widespread coverage in the Mexican media, and complaints from all angles.
Jeremy Clarkson said on the show “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”.
After calls from all over the world, including a selection of MPs who called for an apology as “a matter of urgency” the BBC issued an apology.
The statement defended the shows presenting, saying that national-stereotyping was a part of British humour, and went on to say that the comments may have been ‘rude’ and ‘mischievous’, but that there was no ‘vindictiveness’ behind them.
What do you think of the BBCs apology? Is it too little too late, or will this be the end of it?