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What do you get when you mix Clarkson, May, a Skoda, and the Catholic church? Controversy, of course. During a review of the Skoda Scout, May and Clarkson engaged in a bit of banter that mingled scouts -- as in Boy Scouts -- the church, and inappropriate touching. And when you "have a dig at two organizations that do a lot for the community," formal complaints get filed to the BBC, you get the Scout Association gunning for you, and you make lots of people unhappy... except the 7.5 million people who watched the show. Ah, Top Gear...

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      • 5 Years Ago
      "No James, that's the Skoda Michael Jackson..."
      • 5 Years Ago
      If Clarkson wants to be a social iconclast he ought to find a venue that isn't funded by the very same Catholic British taxpayers he feels compelled to insult.

      Will this "non-PC" hero make a similar crack about Islam? or Gays? or some similar out of bounds group?

      No, don't hold your breath waiting for an utter and complete invertebrate like Clarkson to take on any group that might actually stand a chance of doing him any damage.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, I know that, you know that, but tell that to the BBC.

        If it were up to me everything would be fair game, but then there's little that offends me (I'm a single middle class off-white European liberal agnostic) so I'm perhaps not the best judge of what should be allowed on TV.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @LordPaul: It's right to make jokes about everything, period.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm pretty sure he is the same as most middle class white people in this country.

        It's not right to make jokes about something one knows nothing about, and short of talking about terrorism or curry there's not much that he would feel comfortable saying that would be funny & not incite effigy burning
        • 5 Years Ago
        The British are mainly Protestant - and he does make cracks about gays and muslims - all the time...
        • 5 Years Ago
        youtube.com/watch?v=N7p4mioawIA
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jeremy plays his role as Anglican Brit very well.
      Not that anyone CARES. Just like the dead pedophile, he's just an entertainer. Just enjoy making fun of his girly ways on the most feminine of car shows. He's the 'dude' in their menage a tois. But that does not mean he's very dudeFUL. ;)

        • 5 Years Ago
        Jeremy is an Atheist, not an Anglican.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well creating controversies is a good way to increase ratings for a TV show.
      • 5 Years Ago
      oooooooooooh Clarkson, I see nothing has changed.............. I love Top Gear
      • 5 Years Ago
      Imagine if "Bruno" was produced by BCC. How many complaints do you reckon !!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ah, the Catholic church and the Scouts, two of my least-favorite organizations ever.

      Could Clarkson get any cooler?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Upsetting the catholic church is easier than getting a cheeseburger at mcdonald's
        • 5 Years Ago
        I know things like this are a small technicality when talking about religion, but according to the article so far its only the scouts that are complaining.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Don't change a thing top gear!
      • 5 Years Ago
      LOL.

      This is as dumb as people making Michael Jackson jokes and getting crap for it.

      Sure it might be lacking some taste, but that is Clarkson in a nutshell.

      If he didn't make some off-color comments every now and again, the show wouldn't be as entertaining. It would we one thing if it wasn't true, but it is, so suck it up people, the truth hurts sometimes.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I laughed SO HARD when Clarkson made that crack.

      Anyway, I doubt that an atheist gives a crap about offending the church.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who cares about the Catholic church. If a catholic actually read the bible they would know they've been lied to.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Lie is a strong word. How about "ancient myth"?

        Genesis is a knee-slapper (oh yeah, you can't prove it to be wrong, just like the Easter Bunny, so it isn't a lie), we won't get any deeper into the church's involvement with science, mmmmmkay? I'm sure the ghost of Galileo won't mind...

        The Leviticus stuff regarding torturing your slaves is always handy. The phrase "must be put to death" may have worked centuries ago, but we don't really murder adulterers any more. Sorry. I just can't suggest basing one's morality on 2,000+ religious texts. Anybody who needs to reinforce rules with "oh, by the way: break the rules and burn in hell" may not be worth listening to.

        To answer your question, reedeemed: since they didn't know any better and lived in a world where it people pinned eachother up on crosses. Naw, it's all the truth ~ what they believed to be the truth. Read up on witch burnings to read more truthiness.

        Just strange how many Catholic myths were plagiarized straight from pagan beliefs. Horus, God of Egypt would be displeased...

        Now riddle me this, Batman: is THAT a lie?

        May the gods bless you. Each and every one of them...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Redeemed,

        Two more words:

        Talking Snakes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh really, care to explain which parts are a lie?
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