F1 » Top Gear in hot water over burkas – again


Cult BBC motoring show Top Gear's decision to dress Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond in burkas during the Middle Eastern special on Boxing Day has led to rather a fall-out...

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Paul - Unregistered

January 04, 2011 4:26 PM

I live in the States and have yet to see the episode but after reading the review all I can say is "I can't wait!" I love Top Gear and the boys madcapped adventures. The thing fans of Top Gear might want to be offended by is the total crap version of the show that the States have started doing.

bladeboy - Unregistered

January 04, 2011 5:06 PM

The Stig is used to represent the baby Jesus but Clarkson is in drag and people get offended , some people need to get a life .
We shall see what joy there is out there when 70% of the country is out on the unemployment queue thanks to happy couple at number 10 , who you going to blame then ?

Mark _

January 04, 2011 5:18 PM

@Green monster - While it is easy to criticize any government I would be surprised if many in the "American" govt even know what Top Gear is. Unless you get BBC America from a satelite provider you are not likely to have access to it.

Who cares?Not me,Islam offends me quite a bit but then again this comment will probably get deleted for the sake of "not offending that said religion and its followers".

It was humour and we know certain people do not like us having that if it upsets the burka lovers.

JOHN - Unregistered

January 04, 2011 5:35 PM

I did not watch this silly and stupid 'show' and I am not at all surprised about the complaints. For some reason I do actually respect James May and I think they (BBC) ought to separate him from the other two fools (Clarkson & Hammond) even if it means leaving Top Gear. James actually has been in his own programmes, he ought to stick with that and even have his own motoring programme

daveyboy

January 04, 2011 5:39 PM

I thought in their own amusing way, they were very considerate of political unrest, religious issues etc (particularly Clarkson who is obviously more aware of these issues compared to say Hammond). If there was one thing that I thought could be taken in offence was the fact that Baby Stig was depicted as Jesus. This didn't bother me though, most comedy offends someone, somewhere, and that was very funny, but it seems that it's acceptable to offend Christians but not other faiths which I find very wrong with the world.

What if they dressed like Amish and drove through Ohio here in the states? Is that ok?

What if they wore a robe and sandles with a crown of thorns through Jerusalem? Is that ok?

What if they wore a skull cap while driving through Israel? Is that ok?

Could someone answer these questions so our boys at TG can begin production on next season without offending anyone?

Mark _

January 04, 2011 5:59 PM

Since this has not aired in the US yet I have not seen it. While I am sure that it would not offend me, I can understand that some people will be offended by this sort of thing. Considering the outrage on here when there was the blackface incident in Spain it is a little hypocritical to now say that it is just British humor and that no one should be offended. Essentially it is the same thing. It is mocking someone's race, religion, or appearance.

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