Also too sensitive

October 4th, 2012 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Top Gear host breached BBC guidelines by comparing a Japanese car to people with growths on their faces.

A report by the BBC Trust’s editorial standards committee (ESC) found he “strayed into an offensive stereotypical assumption” with the scripted remarks during an episode of the hit motoring show.

A member of the public complained about the “offensive” remarks after Clarkson likened the shape of a Prius campervan to someone with “a growth on their face” and referred to it as the “elephant car”.

He also described it as “not a car that you could talk to at a party unless you were looking at something else”.

The ESC said the show’s audience enjoyed the presenters’ “sometimes controversial and forthright views” but ruled this remark “played on a stereotypically negative reaction to facial disfigurement”.

It said it “strayed into an offensive stereotypical assumption” and was “not editorially justified”.

Oh Good God you can’t even joke about elephantiasis now?  This must be one of the least offensive things Clarkson has said!

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16 Responses to “Also too sensitive”

  1. Bob R (1,393 comments) says:

    Yeah, I saw a headline the other day Clarkson was in trouble for an offensive comment and then was very let down to find it was over something so innocuous. This is ridiculous.

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  2. Elaycee (4,410 comments) says:

    Some people really need a humour transplant.

    Next minute, we won’t be able to call anyone a moron in case the morons get upset. :(

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  3. Peter (1,723 comments) says:

    Can we still make jokes about the Labour front bench?

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  4. simo (151 comments) says:

    His brand of humour is definitely needed, even the Bolshevik Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) tolerates him!

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  5. scrubone (3,105 comments) says:

    Anyone else get the impression that free speach is merely tollerated?

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  6. PaulL (6,048 comments) says:

    It’s not stereotyping. When I say people with growths on their face are stupid, that’s stereotyping. When I say that people with growths on their face have growths on their face….that’s fact.

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  7. Dean Papa (784 comments) says:

    ffs, it’s just a joke!!

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  8. lastmanstanding (1,304 comments) says:

    These people like lefties and feminists have a humour bypass. Best way to deal with them is tell un PC jokes to their face. And watch their thin lips curl up.

    Laugh at them. The bastards deserve it.

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  9. RRM (10,034 comments) says:

    I told a bunch of jokes about gassing Jews once, for some reason a lot of people got all politically correct and anti-free-speech kicked me out…

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  10. Yvette (2,851 comments) says:

    7 – 6 – 5 – 4 … hasn’t noticed “butt chugging” yet

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  11. noskire (842 comments) says:

    Butt chugging – sounds like it was introduced by the same crowd who invented felching.

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  12. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    He’s a bloody “hard case”, old Clarkson!
    I had to laugh when they did a special episode on India, and one of their cars had a toilet seat mounted in the boot….

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  13. DJP6-25 (1,389 comments) says:

    Top Gear with Jeremy Clarkson is the only car program worth watching. If Jeremy Clarkson was fired, and another channel took the show, the audience would vote with their remotes.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  14. Left Right and Centre (2,997 comments) says:

    I wonder if Jeremy has read the BBC guidelines? He’s the kind of guy that would love to boast that he deliberately hasn’t.

    He’s bloody good value. Cowell as a guest on Top Gear is must see gold.

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  15. wreck1080 (3,972 comments) says:

    ha ha, PC nonsense.

    Paul Henry at the bbc would be gunpowder.

    They need to totally rebrand the BBC. It is stale. Even the name is a throwback to colonialism.

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  16. ChardonnayGuy (1,217 comments) says:

    Clarkson tends to remind me of that Other Clarkson…the one that the National Party had the good sense to pension off and replace with the current Tauranga National MP.

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