India protests 'Top Gear' special

2012-01-13 07:58

The Indian government has complained to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) over a "disgusting episode" in a TV film shot in India for its flagship 'Top Gear' motoring programme.

The 90-minute India special shows Jeremy Clarkson, the programme's presenter, describing a car fitted with a toilet in the boot as "perfect for India because everyone who comes here gets the trots".

The film also showed Clarkson scantily dressed in his boxer shorts and flashed images of slogans on trains, such as "British IT is good for your company" and "Eat English muffins".

Raja Sekhar of the Indian High Commission in London said a letter had been sent to the BBC "to convey our strong disappointment".


"We were very actively helping out facilitating the visit but they ran down the whole society, culture and people. It's really disgusting," Sekhar said. "We have a very close relationship with and respect for the BBC. The BBC is probably more admired in India than in England so we feel a bit let down."

A BBC spokeswoman said: "We have received a letter from the Indian High Commission and will respond to them in due course."

Clarkson has got into trouble before, most recently in November when he suggested to "shoot" British trade union supporters who took part in a day of protest against the government's economic policies.

He said the remark was meant as a joke.

The BBC was forced to apologise to the Mexican ambassador in London last year after Mexican cars were described by Clarkson as reflecting national characteristics - "lazy, feckless, flatulent".


  • Gary - 2012-01-13 10:57

    man I can't wait to watch it...............

  • martin.vandermerwe - 2012-01-13 11:41

    Clarkson is a pig, disgusting individual, even his visit to SA he advise dthat world how safe SA is....f23425ing moran

      Hector - 2012-01-15 15:41

      hey Martin ... smile I will pay for the stitches .. Get a sense of humour you moran .. wtf is a moran ... You moron ...

  • Peter - 2012-01-13 12:22

    Watched it last week, probably one of their best specials. People need to get a sense of humour.

  • Simon - 2012-01-13 12:42

    Seriously, grow and and get a sense of humor.

  • Grant - 2012-01-13 13:06

    If you don't like Jeremy Clarkson's manner; don't watch. Personally, I love it.

  • miquette.caalsen - 2012-01-13 13:20

    Er ... nice one News24 - the Mexican comment debacle was made by Richard Hammond, not Jeremy Clarkson. And by the by, how did the Indian government miss the international joke about Delhi-belly? Heck it is even in a movie made by an Indian director (Gurinder Chadha) called Bride and Prejudice (nice movie btw) and starring India's darling Aishwarya Rai Bachchan? Soooo ... if an Indian person makes the joke (by way of making the film) it's ok, but if its the world's favourite target for complaining about (Jeremy C) then it's not? Wow, double-standard and a tad racist even if you think about it.

  • Dean - 2012-01-16 07:57

    i watched it the day after it was aired and loved it. If you dont understand British/Clarkson's humor, please go watch something else like 7de Laan, or other similar crap which is so "bad at drama" its actually "funny"

  • Duran - 2012-01-16 13:17

    If anyone actually takes the comments Clarkson makes seriously, then you should either not watch Top Gear or get a life. Either which way, lighten up people. Without Clarkson, Hammond or even May, the programme would not be as entertaining or witty.

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