• Dec 29th 2010 at 10:30AM
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The three amigos of Top Gear have once again gotten themselves into hot water over a stunt they pulled during a recent holiday special. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May were attempting to recreate the trek of the three wise men from Iraq through Turkey, Syria and Jordan before winding up in Bethlehem. The gimmick seems innocuous enough until you hear that during various portions of the drive, all three hosts donned a traditional piece of headwear typically worn by Muslim women – the niqāb. The plan was to use the burkhas to disguise the three hosts during their run through the deserts, though rather predictably, it seems that the trio have offended more than a few of the show's 6.6 million viewers.

According to The Daily Mail, watchers found issue with what many perceived to be hosts making a mockery of the world's second largest religion. So far, neither Top Gear nor any of the hosts have come out to speak about the dust-up one way or the other. To see the entire hour-and-fifteen minute special, check it out by clicking here.

[Sources: The Daily Express, The Daily Mail]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah I thought that was the most cringe-worthy part of an episode rife with blasphemy, but it's Top Gear and I expected nothing less.

      (P.S. are they going to have a crazy segment to explain how baby Stig grows to full size and is back on the track by next episode? Something ala Secret of the Ooze? That would be amazing.)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Extremists!! They will be the end of this world! Why is everyone so touchy? Can't take a joke? Go see a shrink for depression!
      Indian movies have for long used the Burqa as a disguise,mostly in a funny way,for bollywood heroes resulting in some hilarious scenes!!
      Normal people,normal Hindus,normal Muslims and normal Christians are not a problem! It's the bloody zealots who spoil it for everyone!
      Down with the zealots!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hard to say it better than that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      OMG... get your panties out of a wad. It was a gag and they were extremely respectful the entire show. I hate how PC everyone seems to be.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ps my oppinion of muslims insnt based on anything I see on top gear , it based on my family physician that cares for me , my diabetic wife and my 90 year old mother, he is by far the most admirable, trust worthy, knowable , patient human i have ever known , and at 58 yrs old I have know a lot of people , sorry if I got side tracked on the topic earlier
      • 4 Years Ago
      Amazing. When Christianity is treated far worse in almost daily "comedy" skits and just in general by our TV talking heads, the world turns a blind eye. When there's a "perceived" Muslim slight, the world cringes - why? I guess it's because the detractors know that Christians won't pray for their death, or take to the streets in protest and burn and destroy whatever gets in their way.

      Personally, I don't believe in any religion - but I also would NEVER tell anyone that they shouldn't have a belief.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I Am a MUSLIM and i am not offended by this at all and not All Muslims Are offended by this IMHO no one should be offended by this . and the ones that are saying alot of wrong things about MUSLIMS check your words because they are not good at all .... you should know that there are every type of persons in every religion so dont say anything about all muslims ..... I do care about others and i expect the same from others

      No offence.....
      • 4 Years Ago
      The daily mail as a source? Really? Be serious, the daily mail prints lies to sell papers, they have been exposed far too many times to be taken seriously.

      Like their relatively recent load of balls about a restaurant that was cooking bacon and upsetting local Muslims. In truth the restaurant hadn't applied for planning consent to install an extractor fan venting in their neighbours garden. The complaint came from a middle class white, christian family. The only Muslim involved was the cook in the restaurant.

      I wouldn't be surprised if there were zero complaints from the Muslim community at all.

      Daily Mail == Daily Fail

      • 4 Years Ago
      It seems some members of the "world's second largest religion" need to grow the f-k up. Some of their members offend the rest of the world with their antics, considering the majority of the world's terrorist activities are done in the name of their religion. If they want respect from the rest of us, then they need to earn it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      so who was offended? the muslims for the burka? the christians for the wiseman story? the jews for them travelling through siria?

      WHO CARES, the BBC is a secular organization, produce your own goddamn show, perhaps start featuring driving saudi women

      oh wait
      The Dave
      • 4 Years Ago
      here is one person that is NOT offended....political correctness is pure crap....tell it like it is.....
      • 4 Years Ago
      You'd think that if anyone would be offended, it would be the Muslims IN THE COUNTRIES THEY VISITED DURING THEIR VISIT that would've raised a concern. Instead, they largely greeted the TG trio with open arms.

        • 4 Years Ago
        A very good point.
      • 4 Years Ago

      Seriously, Islam needs to learn to take a freakin' joke.
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