Top Gears Mexican jokes cut from US broadcast

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Top Gear producers have removed the infamous Mexican jokes from the much talked about episode, before it is broadcast in the United States next week.

The scenes, in which presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May poked fun at Mexico caused outrage in Mexico after the Mexican ambassador complained.

The ambassador complained to the BBC, complaining about the “outrageous, vulgar and inexcusable insults” after the presenters insinuated that Mexican cars were just like their native countrymen’s characteristics.

They even had the cheek to suggest that they 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). They won’t complain, it’s fine”.

The BBC wrote an apology to Eduardo Medina-Mora Icaza, and said sorry if they caused any offence during the show, which was shown on BBC Two at the end of last month,

They went on to claim that national stereotyping was a big part of British humour and were similar to labelling the Italians as disorganised, the French as arrogant and the Germans as over-organised.

Despite a BBC Spokesperson saying, “Top Gear episodes are routinely edited for international transmission, both to fit broadcasters’ time slots and for rights reasons,” the move seems a little strange as the Americans also enjoy poking fun at Mexico.

It could have something to do with comedian Steve Coogan’s complaint that the show was guilty of “casual racism”

The show will be broadcast on the BBC America channel this week, although anyone from America wanting to see the comments can always turn to YouTube.

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