James May receives death threats

2011-02-16 13:16

Top Gear’s 16th season is currently livening up Sunday evening entertainment on BBC.

In classic Top Gear fashion, the show has only seen four episodes of season 16 yet the famous trio have already managed to invoke the ire of many groups courtesy of its legendarily off-hand stereotyping and geo-politically insensitive comments.


Top Gear’s Christmas special managed to offend Muslims (the trio donning traditional female Muslim headwear) and Christians (by portraying baby Stig as the new-born Jesus).

While featuring Mexico’s Mastretta sports car in the show's news segment Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May applied every conceivable stereotype concerning Mexicans and their perceived laziness. Even the Mexican ambassador to the UK was described as being lazy...

As usual the BBC has defended its most popular show’s hosts by categorising their stereotyping humour as a quintessentially British character trait. Now, though, the hate mail has turned to death threats after the Top Gear trio took on a subject much closer to home - the Welsh.


After years of offending Welsh viewers – May once called their language "baffling and dangerous" – Top Gear’s presenters have received death threats after concluding that fast cars should be tested on Welsh roads because they are quiet and generally deserted as ,"nobody wants to live there".

Although British motoring journalists have for decades used the flowing country roads of Wales to test cars, the Welsh are not happy about Top Gear’s derogatory comments. This time the Top Gear team is taking the consequences of their actions rather more seriously too.

"It isn't the Mexicans we have to worry about - it is the Welsh. They really took offence. We received quite a few threats on our lives," May told the News of the World.

  • Charmaine - 2011-02-16 13:46

    Please fix this stupid red banner sale, it keeps blocking half the article. I saw the Christmas special while we were in the UK and I thought the BBC's switchboard must have lit up after that episode aired.

  • Ross - 2011-02-16 14:19

    This Jeremy Clarckson idiot implied that Johannesburg CBD is as safe as any place in the world. I would like to drop him off in Jeppe street for a Saturday night outing. He has in any case reached his shelf life.

      bonn - 2011-02-16 14:28

      He was actually defending our country against the exaggerated perceptions of the british media when he said that. Its too bad that you can't see a compliment when you get one....

      Manoli - 2011-02-16 14:52

      Ross, you're a toss...

      Johan - 2011-02-16 15:29

      I agree with Ross! I'm now in my third year living in the UK and have never felt this safe in SA. There are obviously places here you should be careful of, but nothing like SA!

      ianmichaelcalder - 2011-02-16 15:37

      Glad you are gone Johan. Don't kid yourself that South Africa is missing you. Don't forget the brits actually hate you.

      rammstein.f4n - 2011-02-16 15:45

      Sour grapes there Ian?

      closedeye - 2011-02-16 16:05

      Johan dont fool yourself

      TP - 2011-02-16 16:08

      You can be targeted anywhere. My best friend stays in Milton Keynes in the UK. Nice town and everything but he has in the last 6years of staying there had his car doused with acid(insurance wrote the car off), had his house broken into and everything been stolen, got mugged twice. Have another friend who moved to Australia because of a very viscious armed home invasion. They got there their bags were stolen, 2 months staying there their house was emptied in a breaking. Wife has been assaulted by hooligan kids......they back staying in Cape Town now. Just as an example, it is generally safer int these first world countries but you aren't completely safe anywhere.

      Dros - 2011-02-16 16:28

      No rammstein.f4n - more like the truth

      Fred - 2011-02-17 10:19

      I bet you'd have complained if he'd said something derogatory as well.

      ianmichaelcalder - 2011-02-17 10:28

      Sour grapes over what? Not being able to live in the UK? Not sure if you had been there. The only thing I am sour over is the "grass is greener" people who still find the need to read our news and comment on why they left. Its like phoning my ex girlfriend and telling her how much better my new girlfriend is?

      BigD - 2011-02-17 11:16

      @ manoli. Why is Ross a toss. Do you think Jeppy and Joburg is safe. If you do then you are living in fools paradise. Well, maybe you are the toss then.......

      omgwtfnews - 2011-02-18 09:03

      Are u still not over it? You have major issues dude.

  • shane.jacoby - 2011-02-16 14:26

    Frankly, people who can't handle what they say, should rather just not watch! I absolutely love it!!

      Alu - 2011-02-16 14:47

      I agree with you there mate... it's the best motoring show ever.

  • slademich - 2011-02-16 14:37

    Boo, Hoo! If you don't like the show don't watch it. 'you said nobody wants to live in my Country so I am going to kill you!' seriously that's a little bit sensitive. And as for the JHB comment which got everyones nickers in a knot, in the context of the perception that if you venture into JHB you won't come out alive Clarkson's exaggeration of the safety of JHB was spot on, when considered in light of the over the top fashion in which he communicates

  • Sharon - 2011-02-16 14:58

    I love them - and the humor that goes with it. Wha would be worse? A Mexican living in Wales!

      BakkieB - 2011-02-16 15:03

      LMAO. Good 1

      SmartassGP - 2011-02-16 16:23

      lol..Sharon that's a killa

  • Zanu - 2011-02-16 16:13

    you cant make a joke on a show, nor can you draw cartoons in news papers, nor can you talk your mind in public… even CNN is scared to criticises certain terrorist groups… pathetic freedom has gone out the window

      ryan3.smidt - 2011-02-17 10:50

      Yes, what is wrong with the world, offended by everything. I always say, if you make fun of yourself or even if someone makes fun of a real situaation

      The Kaiser - 2011-02-17 17:12

      I think people are overly sensitive. (Especially the lot warra warra-ing in the earlier posts on this forum.) I think people are insecure in who they are, and think everyone's out to get them.

  • Pints - 2011-02-16 21:56

    Top Gear is an entertainment show with cars thrown in for good measure. If viewers don't like what's said, they should change channel. If you think that anything the trio say is meant seriously, you need to take a dose of "grow up", followed by a pill of "get a life". There are far more serious things happening in this world to concern yourselves with, rather than to get offended by 2 fat oafs and a white-toothed midget. And yes, I'm a big fan of the show.

      JCTF - 2011-02-17 07:54

      I miss the days of Top Gear being a car show with entertainment thrown in for good measure.

      Fred - 2011-02-17 10:27

      NOOO, prefer the entertainment side, I've not watch for awhile as most of the shows have been repeats on DSTV, guess I'll start again.

  • Biker Mouse - 2011-02-17 09:40

    Chaaaange the channel if you don't like it! Now was that so difficult?

  • Fred - 2011-02-17 10:24

    I'm sure the Mexicans and the Welsh wouldn't have been mentioned if there wasn't some truth to what the guys were saying, same for the Japs who complained about comments made on the QI program, the truth does tend to hurt.

  • toscanofigueira - 2011-02-17 12:56

    Top gear staff are stupid and nonsense people. They are always joke with serious things and mostly of times they are not polite, hurting people.

  • Vaal Donkie - 2011-02-17 13:11

    Ja shame. Everyone's a victim these days.

  • patrickb - 2011-02-17 13:51

    I think that Clarkson's initials have gone to his head. I find him as funny as a really wet sneeze on my favourite dinner jacket.

  • Dan Wesson - 2011-02-17 13:54

    haha, brilliant. Its about time they felt some consequence. I was thinking Jeremy being shot would really boost their PR.

  • patrickb - 2011-02-17 14:00

    I think that Jeremy Clarkson's initials have gone to his strangely proportioned head. I find him as funny as a really wet sneeze on my favourite dinner jacket.

  • marcelminnaar - 2011-02-17 14:39

    HEHEHEHEHE, People and their egos!!! Should everybody be stuborn from now on???

  • tekicoza - 2011-02-18 08:44

    The fact that anyone actually watches this show is a wonder. Even Greys Anatomy is more intellectually stimulating than these 3 ponces that have about as much culture as a turd. If you watch Top Gear and are over 20 you should think about growing up.

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