Top Gear draws complaint from Mexican ambassador

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BBC show Top Gear has sparked a complaint from Eduardo Medina Mora, the Mexican ambassador over comments made on Sunday nights show.

The ‘insults’ which were made by Clarkson, May and Hammond, included the trio saying, “Mexican cars are just going to be lazy”.

In a review of the Mastrett, Hammond said: “Mexican cars are just going to be lazy, feckless, flatulent, overweight, leaning against a fence asleep looking at a cactus with a blanket with a hole in the middle on as a coat.”

The three presenters, who have been in trouble for comments before, then described Mexican food as “refried sick”.

Clarkson went on to say he was confident he would not receive any complaints about their comments because the Mexican ambassador would be asleep.

The ambassador was unfortunately wide awake and said, “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,” he wrote.

“These offensive, xenophobic and humiliating remarks only serve to reinforce negative stereotypes and perpetuate prejudice against Mexico and its people.”

The BBC refused to comment but said they would contact the ambassador directly.

Do you think the comments were wrong, or just typical Clarkson humour?

Comments & Debate

  1. February 1, 2011 at 9:16 pm Tulum Hotels Commented:

    I live in Mexico and that’s a pretty accurate account to be honest. They never fix things properley first time, the food is not like how Western people think it is – it’s like sick with cheese, things are built poorly to say the least, corupt police, corrupt throught and they do like to lie about.

  2. February 1, 2011 at 11:16 pm Ellen Barry Commented:

    In the same episode of Top Gear, was total animal cruelty. Sheep were scared half to death by being chased by motorbikes and one was clearly seen tumpling over a fence in an effort to get away. When will sanctions be brought against a very arrogant Jeremy Clarkson and team, who should know better

  3. February 1, 2011 at 11:22 pm M FLYNN Commented:

    English complaining about another country’s cuisine ?

    That’s about the only funny thing about his pathetic racist rant.

  4. February 3, 2011 at 3:00 pm delina Commented:

    nothing to say when you hear a stupid comment. our culture our history and our cuisine have nothing to do with what these guys said. I am proud of being Mexican, of course we have a bunch of problems to solve, but who doesn’t?.
    And please, if you live in a country (tulum hotels) that you don’t like or respect the sooner you leave the better,,,ask for a change!!!

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