Top Gear to Mexico: Sentimos Amigos


This isn’t the first time Top Gear presenters, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May,  have offended anyone.

In 2008, hundreds sent complaints to BBC regarding a comment by Jeremy Clarkson about lorry drivers murdering prostitutes.

More recently, the program was criticized by many, mostly Mexicans, for making, in the words of the Mexican Ambassador to London, Eduardo Medina Mora, “offensive, xenophobic and humiliating”” remarks about Mexicans.

In an apology by the BBC to the Ambassador and indeed the people of Mexico, it have said that the comments were “rude” and “mischievous”, but had no “vindictiveness” behind them. Also, it has added that making jokes based on stereotypes was part of British humour. The Brits have constantly derided themselves as poor cooks and worse romantics.

Perhaps the people who were offended were not regular audiences of the program, or they would be familiar with the style of presentation that have made it such a hit in over 100 countries.

We ought to all take ourselves a little less seriously. This is not to say that the Mexicans have no reason to take offense, indeed they do, but only if they choose to. If we can all take a stab at ourselves from time to time, the world might turn out to be a livelier place.

Besides, if Jeremy, Richard and James weren’t this quintessentially British, Top Gear would not be where it is now. Keep it up, I say.

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4 thoughts on “Top Gear to Mexico: Sentimos Amigos

  1. Desmond says:

    They don’t appreciate British humour.. Lol!

  2. Ben says:

    Brits are cynical 😦

  3. Jak says:

    If u watched the video it is obvious that the Brits do not know mexicans and just simply make stereotypical jokes that is mean and “unfunny”

  4. Branden H says:

    We should all learn to laugh at ourselves a little more and take ourselves a little less seriously.

    The Brits make fun of themselves all the time too, it is part of their culture, and we should all respect it. If audiences cannot stomach it, perhaps then they should stop watching the program altogether. Top Gear is so popular in large part due to the antics of the presenters, if they were to “tone it down”, it is the audiences who will lose out in the end.

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