• Feb 2, 2011

Top Gear crew discusses Mexico's Mastretta MXT – Click above to watch video after the jump

Another month, another nationality insulted by the Top Gear presenters. James May, Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson have hopped into hot water with the Mexican government over comments that the trio made on a recent show. While discussing Mexico's Mastretta MXT sports car, Hammond said:

"Mexican cars are just going to be lazy, feckless, flatulent, overweight, leaning against a fence asleep looking at a cactus with a blanket with a hole in the middle on as a coat."

To make matters worse, Clarkson joked that the BBC wouldn't receive any complaints from the Mexican ambassador because he would likely be asleep. He was not.

The ambassador reportedly sent a letter to the BBC saying that the presenters had used vulgar and bigoted language to describe the people of his country and that the remarks were both xenophobic and humiliating. So far, the BBC hasn't commented on the situation. Thanks for the tips, everyone!

[Sources: BBC, YouTube]



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      donnieorama
      • 3 Years Ago
      Top Gear has always been xenophobic--Americans love these guys but they're always denigrating us and our products.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you are crying about this then go back and live in your bubble. These guys have horrendously insulted every country that makes a vehicle. If your skin is that thin, then maybe you shouldn't live in the real world! QUIT CRYING, WATCH THE NEXT EPISODE AND LAUGH AT THE NEXT COUNTRY THEY INSULT! They are actually pretty funny guys, if your into cars. (I mean real cars not a ford escort or dodge caliber lover).
        benny
        • 3 Years Ago
        TO ME CV_$3V3 U R JUST LIKE ONE OF THEM WITH ALL MY RESPECT
      cabdriver
      • 3 Years Ago
      BBC copyright block, Guess they haven't heard about American Fair Use sections of the law! [& these folks want to give another soap box to Fox Noize & the Rupert?]
      Nils Stas
      • 3 Years Ago
      I remember watching this episode and was shocked when they ever so casually went on this gross racist rant about Mexicans! Although I mostly watch Top Gear for the car info, it has given me a very bad impression of the hosts, the show, and the BBC for supporting this kind of hate speech. How embarrassing!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was born and raised in Mexico and wasn't offended, but that's me. I know they were joking and they don't just pick on Mexicans they go at everyone, Americans especially. I think the Mexican government should worry more about the economy and violence in my country rather than worry about some Brits making fun of it. That said, most Mexicans are hard working people it's not like they sneak into the US to sit on their ponchos, they do some really dirty jobs. The stereotype they made fun of is actually outdated, now days in the US the jokes go more in the direction of: is that fresh cut grass I smell or is a Mexican nearby or I don't want to throw out the trash can't I get a Mexican to do it? On a side note, they're making fun of the American version of Mexican food, we don't put American yellow cheese in our enchiladas. Anyway, if the car ends up being good then this will all turn into a Mexican Cinderella story.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Are nay cars manufactured in middle eastern countries? Because I'd love to see them mock arabs with the same enthusiasm as they've done to everyone else. And mock their pedophile while you're at it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought it was hilarious --

      how about we make Mexico a deal? They get rid of the drug lords who have killed more than 30,000 people needlessly, by shootings or beheadings... and we will stop making jokes?


      Stereotypes exist for a reason -- they didn't just magically appear one day. Mexico needs to stfu and concentrate on fixing it's problems before they get so miffed about someone saying some "not nice things" about them.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This one is tough cuz of the racial and stereotypical nature but frankly....it was a joke. People love to laugh at others but when it comes to insulting them then the joke is over. This show makes fun of any and anything it can get it's hands on. That's what makes it so great....Keep it up Top Gear boys
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ Sea Urchin

        I think the problem is because "Mexicans" are an ethnic group and "Americans" are a nationality. This is where the overstep comes in.

        It would be equivalent to me saying, when I heard lazy i was confused because I thought they were talking about whites and blacks. -> It's not a American, German, Mexico thing, it's a Caucasian, African, Asian, Mexican thing.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FStock, actually Mexicans are like Americans, Carlos Slim......is an Arab, Vincente Fox......i think is Irish.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Fstock

        Mexicans are an ethnic group?

        People from Mexico are Mexicans, just like people from America are Americans.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FStock

        I actually disagree - Mexican is a nationality. Just because a number of Americans refer to Hispanics in a blanket fashion as "Mexicans" doesn't make it true. Had the Top Gear crew referred to Hispanics in that manner, it would be an ethnic issue.

        Just my $.02.

        In watching the episode I knew, as everyone else did, that this was coming. They got a bit carried away in their description of Mexican folks. Actually, to me, the Tortilla... ahem, Mastretta MXT doesn't look too bad.
        • 3 Years Ago
        They made fun of Americans.......we all laughed. So why not of Mexicans.

        • 3 Years Ago
        Assuming they meant Mexicans the ethnic group is a racist reaction. "Mexican" can mean a nationality as well as an ethnicity.

        I'm really not sure it's possible to blame all of anti-Mexican racism on a simple TV joke. Sure it was a bit tactless, but I consider that the dry part of the joke.

        The people that are offended are those that think the stereotype within the joke reflects reality too closely. When someone calls Americans fat, lazy, and dumb, I laugh ... I happen to be an athletic American who works as a neuroscientist. If you don't laugh, it's because you think the joke hits too closely to home!

        It's the same reason why it used to be funny to laugh at Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men, until he went to rehab ... now it's just kind of sad.
      • 3 Years Ago
      ....they were joking?!?!?!?!?!!?
      • 3 Years Ago
      What I thought was funny was an Englishman making fun of other countries food
        • 3 Years Ago
        Seriously... but perhaps their food is actually some form of advanced comedy? I mean who could serve that stuff with out some kind of comedic motive?
        • 3 Years Ago
        "What I thought was funny was an Englishman making fun of other countries food"

        I've always found educated Americans who have lived in, or travel all over the UK to love traditional British recipes.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "with a blanket with a hole in the middle on as a coat." That is hilarious!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Top Gear is the new South Park.
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