The Herald reports:
Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson 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!