• Aug 1, 2006
To think, we here in the U.S. would love nothing to more than to see the salty hosts of Top Gear on our own tubes instead of being forced to bittorrent episodes off of the web, and some viewers in the show's native land have taken to complaining about "controversial" remarks made by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May during recent episodes. The BBC reports it has received 500 objections on its complaint website in the last six months. Some of the complaints, for instance, were focused on Clarke's use of Nazi salute in one episode. To its credit, the BBC said in so many words that those watching the show should know its antics aren't carried out with any degree of seriousness.

We can't help thinking that if a network in the U.S. were in the same situation as the BBC that Top Gear would be watered down before you could say "FCC fine". So props go out to the British Broadcasting Corporation for backing our favorite show and not bowing down to the vocal minority. Now if you wouldn't mind just getting The Discovery Channel to start airing it again...

You can read the BBC's response in full here.

Thanks for the tip, James!

[Source: BBC News]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      You know, this is not really all that brave for the BBC. Unlike American networks, they have no advertisers, and every person in the UK who owns a television is required to pay for it via the television tax (~11 pounds/month, about US$20), whether they watch it or not, or want it or not. That would be on top of any cable or satellite bills.

      This cuts both ways, as they can afford to be imperious whether they are right or wrong.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #1 Troy, you say “ppl on forums”, what forums? Are they at the end of those tubes? Are you saying on the other side of those tubes are a bunch of people who don’t like Jeremy Clarkson?
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's just entertainment. Don't take it seriously!
      • 8 Years Ago
      While Clarkson does keep up that fine English tradition of running off at the mouth regarding things outside his area of expertise, (Vanessa Redgrave, Spice Girls anyone) I can ignore that as his show is marvelous.

      Even when I disagree with many of his reviews I can revel in the wit that accompanies them. And that's the complete opposite to motorcar reviews in this country that have more in common with actuarial discussions - has anyone actually watched Car and Driver TV?

      My only complaint with the BBC posting the show online is since the Autoblog article informed me of such I've been unable to successfully connect and start watching!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Jeremy Clarkson is an idiot. Here is a proof: http://www2.nationalreview.com/images/paperforgreg.jpg

      the article is freakin hilarious... but a lot closer to truth than fiction. he's exaggerating some, but the spirit of what he's saying is true. new orleans? a different demographic and i'm sure there wouldve been a different result. normally i wouldnt comment on something like that, but give me a break... how long does it take to react to something as catastophic as that?
      • 8 Years Ago
      It does not surprise me at all that this American cars basher john neff finds the nazi dude is his favorite show.
      Considering how that show constantly bashes American cars such as the Corvette is junk clearly shows this neff is jerkoff but I saw that show twice and agree it stunk and deserved being yanked off my cable I pay for.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's about time that some companies didn't yield to the minority and take a great show away from the majority of people who are happy with it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      There is absolutely nothing better on TV than Top Gear.
      If Discovery is going to ever broadcast any of it they must do so without changing anything otherwise it will be completely pointless.
      • 8 Years Ago
      PLEASE. PLEASE, PLEASE offend us in the United States!!!! Whatever it takes to get the real Top Gear here, we'll put up with. Just do it now....PLEEEEAAASSSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Jeremy Clarkson is an idiot. Here is a proof: http://www2.nationalreview.com/images/paperforgreg.jpg
      • 8 Years Ago
      if you dont like top gear dont watch it, but dont spoil it for the rest of us who think its freaking hilarious!

      i find fifth gear kinda boring compared to top gear. i dont care that i have to download top gear off bit torrent to enjoy it, as long as i get to enjoy it unedited.

      long live top gear and the stig! =P
      • 8 Years Ago
      >You will never once see John Davis of Motorweek come out
      >and say "This car is rubbish!" Yet it happens with
      >astonishing frequency on Top Gear, for cars that are in
      >fact rubbish.

      In fact, I don't think I've ever heard a negative review on Motorweek. Every car on that show gets a gold star. I watch it from time to time, but it's certainly not very informative. I'd much rather watch a show like Top Gear that's extremely opinionated, even if I sometimes don't agree with the opinions. They usually put forth very good reasons for thinking the way they do about things I don't quite agree with. Yeah, they do some weird stuff that's more for pure entertainment value, but those segments are usually pretty obviously just comedic relief. What's wrong with mixing in some entertainment? It's several factors better than a lot of the top-rated crud reality shows that are such a staple of American TV nowadays. Much of the show is tongue-in-cheek and if you watch it with that in mind, it's a great show.
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