Oops he did it again!
Controversy king Jeremy Clarkson has sparked fury for driving through Argentina using a number plate apparently referring to the Falklands War. Result? He has had to flee Argentina after his crew was banned.
This is obviously not the first time Clarkson’s made a gaffe, take a look at his worst ones:
“Slope” comment – July 2014
Earlier this year, Clarkson irked many after using the word “slope” to describe an Asian man in Top Gear’s Burma Special shown on BBC Two in March.
Clarkson and Top Gear co-host Richard Hammond made a makeshift bridge over the River Kwai. Commenting on an Asian man walking across the bridge, Clarkson said: “That is a proud moment… but there’s a slope on it.”
Ofcom criticised the BBC for airing “offensive material” and ruled that it had breached guidelines.
The ‘N’-word, May 2014
Clarkson ensued another racism row after saying: “Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, catch a n***** by his toe, when he squeals, let him go, eeny, meeny, miny, moe.”
He first denied using the word and later released a video apology for appearing to chant the offensive word.
Diarrhoea in India , January 2012
Clarkson vroomed around India with a toilet built into the back of a Jaguar. His reason? Every tourist who visits the country suffers diarrhoea so the toilet would be a “perfect” solution for that. The Indian High Commission wasn’t amused and accused the show of “cheap jibes” and “tasteless humour”.
Description of Mexicans, February 2011
In an episode filmed in Mexico, Clarkson described Mexicans as “lazy, feckless, flatulent oaf with a moustache, leaning against a fence asleep”.
Mexican ambassador Eduardo Medina-Mora Icaza complained to the BBC about Clarkson’s “outrageous, vulgar and inexcusable” comments. Clarkson later apologised to Icaza.
Burkas and lingerie, July 2010
Clarkson’s descriptions of driving distractions were branded “distasteful” back in 2010. In an episode, he said: “Honestly, the burka doesn’t work. I was in a cab in Piccadilly the other day when a woman in a full burka crossing the road in front of me tripped over the pavement, went head over heels and up it came, red g-string and stockings.”
Lorry drivers and prostitute – November 2008
Clarkson made jokes about lorry drivers murdering prostitutes which resulted in a major backlash.
He said: “Change gear, change gear, check mirror, murder a prostitute, change gear, change gear, murder. That’s a lot of effort in a day.”
Mock Nazi salute – December 2005
Clarkson sparked fury after making a mock Nazi salute while talking about the new Mini. The BBC received a volley of complaints and promised to follow a “rigorous” complaints procedure.