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Jeremy Clarkson's humor tends to either amuse or horrify. Some contend the dead-pan Brit occasionally goes too far with his comedic stylings, but overall, we prefer Clarkson just the way he is and don't mind his occasional pot-shots. After all, Top Gear is an entertainment show, and while he might have stepped over the line when he called Prime Minister Gordon Brown a "one-eyed Scottish idiot," or said the people manning the Hyundai booth at the Birmingham Motor Show had all eaten dog and the designer had a spaniel for lunch, or the time he suggested that the Mini's indicators should move up and down in a one-handed Nazi salute, or when he got into tussles with environmental groups, gay rights advocates, a brain injury charity and a prostitute welfare group (full list here), it's all in good fun, right? For some, it isn't.

Clarkson's recent VW Scirocco ad spoof caused complaints to file into the BBC, as the faux spot takes a shot at Poland and may have hit a bit too close to home. Here's the gist of the ad. People are running and cameras are shaking. There is a shot of an empty school room with fresh chocolate milk still dripping off the table. Then comes a voice-over of a woman saying that a state of emergency in Poland, followed by several shots that look more like an LA Lakers championship after-party than any commercial for a hot new Scirocco. Finally, we see a shot of the Scirocco, and the text below says... well, if you haven't seen the episode already, you'll have to hit the jump.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Very clever, great wordplay. Funny...eh, a mildly. Not laugh out loud funny. Offensive? Really? Please. Its not like made reference to transporting people to concentration camps in the hatch (that may be offensive). One little invasion joke. No big deal. France is always the butt of similar ribbing and I have yet to hear anyone pretend to be upset about that. Its called parody.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Clarkson keeps getting into controversies.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Regardless, I still believe that segment was probably the most hilarious all season (series) 13. Some of their commercials really had me laughing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That segment had me crying laughing... definitely top ten on the humor chart for sure!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm an American living in the UK. For some reason, the notion of freedom of speech has never really sunk in here. Most people in the UK believe they have the right not to ever be offended unless you hold traditional Christian values. Where as I believe it's a very good thing that offensive material is allowed to be aired.

      Clarkson it pretty tame in the grand scheme of things. No one is forced to watch him.

      But complaining in a semi anonymous way is very very British. Just try to applying for planning permission to put up a conservatory on the back of your house.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ^^British people - along with Europeans generally - take to the streets to mouth off - especially against the Government - far more often than Americans dare to. Freedom of speech is paramount in the UK - and people aren't afraid to complain about something, just as they're not afraid to make jokes against foreigners.

        What's really amusing - and rather ironic - is that whenever Clarkson makes an anti-American joke, the Americans on these boards are instantaneously baying for his blood.
        • 5 Years Ago
        TegDesign:

        Not sure where you are observing such traits...I grew up in the UK and have to say that people in the US get blackballed and marked all the time for freedom of speech. You still can't say ANYTHING you want in this country (US) and get away with it. What happens here instead is you are destroyed financially and publicly....
      • 5 Years Ago
      thats was AMAZING...lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      JAJAJAJA what can you do if the car its bad....try to look the funny side jajajaj
      • 5 Years Ago
      Polski paniksi!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Poland has nothing to worry about. That VW will break down before it leaves its Berlin parking lot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hilarious, and clever but I don't think that VW is very happy.
      David Ederer
      • 5 Years Ago
      My heritage is German, but was born and raised in the US. WW2 was terrible and totally the fault of the Germans. I hope the Polish people weren't offended. If they can forgive them and laugh at the add then let it be.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I want to VOMIT in the complainers faces!
      • 5 Years Ago
      go clarkson!
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