Jeremy Clarkson is definitely one of the most talented entertainers of recent times, and is currently among the most influential personalities in the United Kingdom. However, Jeremy Clarkson’s stint while at Top Gear was rife with controversies.
Delving a bit into a few of them, he, in 2005, stirred up controversy when he gave a Nazi salute while speaking about the German-made BMW Mini, and in 2007, Jeremy offended Malaysians after he referred to the Perodua Kelisa car model as the “worst in the world,” mostly because of the build quality, saying it was made by “jungle people who wear leaves as shoes.” This is as reported by Express UK.
In 2008, Jeremy Clarkson got himself into trouble after he suggested, while filming, that all long distance lorry drivers do is change gears and murder prostitutes all day. The following is the statement.
“Change gear, change gear, change gear, check mirror, murder a prostitute, change gear, change gear, murder. That’s a lot of effort in a day.”
Ofcom and the BBC immediately started receiving complaints from viewers after the episode was aired, and a Member of Parliament even called for his resignation. However, in true Jeremy Clarkson fashion, he made a mock apology during the following week’s program. In 2010, Jeremy Clarkson also stirred up speculation on whether he was really for gay rights. According to Alastair Campbell, Jeremy had given the following answer in response to his view on gays.
“Oh yes I am. I demand the right not to be bummed.”
In 2011, he joked about Mexicans being “lazy,” “feckless,” and “flatulent” during a show, prompting a response from Eduardo Medina Mora, the Mexican ambassador who had demanded an apology from the network in light of the statements made by the star. The BBC apologized, but stated that Clarkson’s remarks were indeed offensive and mischievous, but had no vindictiveness. The following is an excerpt of the statement from the BBC.
“Our own comedians make jokes about the British being terrible cooks and terrible romantics, and we in turn make jokes about the Italians being disorganized and over dramatic, the French being arrogant and the Germans being over-organized.”
The BBC also highlighted that stereotype-based humor was permitted in accordance with its guidelines, especially in a show where the audience expected it. The network also added the following.
“Whilst it may appear offensive to those who have not watched the program or who are unfamiliar with its humour, the executive producer has made it clear to the ambassador that that was absolutely not the show’s intention.”
Top Gear‘s executive producer also personally offered his apologies to the ambassador.
However, it was not long before Jeremy Clarkson really rubbed it in, saying in his Sun column that “Mexico doesn’t have an Olympic team… because anyone who can run, jump or swim is already across the border.”
This is according to the Daily Mail.
That said, the mother of all controversies, which got him sacked by the BBC, was in March of this year, when he physically and verbally attacked Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon for apparently failing to organize for hot steak after a hard day’s work.
However, Jeremy Clarkson and his co-hosts, who ditched the network, have reportedly been picked up by Amazon Prime, and are currently said to be working on a new show with the giant.
Familiar with Jeremy Clarkson’s hard-to-contain character, James and Hammond are currently said to have taken steps to protect themselves in the event of disagreements in creative differences. One of the steps taken is forming a company and drawing a set of guidelines to tackle this. According to a document drafted by the Olswang law firm, sensitive areas such as decision making, errors, and replacement of directors have been covered in the document, with fallouts requiring general meetings, attended by all directors, and a show of hands to resolve disputes through a majority decision.
A source who spoke to the site said, “Jeremy Clarkson is well known for having disagreements with people. It’s better that they have taken these steps at the outset so they can avoid things coming to blows later on.”
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