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If you thought you were going to make it through a week without hearing about how the wily hosts of Top Gear ruffled someone's feathers, think again. According to WhatsOnTv, James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond have begun receiving death threats after making disparaging comments about Wales in a recent program. The BBC program hosts reportedly remarked that fast cars should be test-driven on Welsh roads because no one wants to live there.

That latest bit of bashing was apparently the last straw. The trio has taken turns giving the Welsh a hard time in the past, with May calling their language "baffling and dangerous" among other offenses.

The death threats are only the latest in a series of cultural mishaps that have befallen the show. Last year, Top Gear riled Muslims by donning the traditional headwear of women, and it irked Christians by portraying a baby Stig in the traditional role of the newborn Jesus. Most recently, the show invoked the ire of the Mexican ambassador to the UK by unleashing a rash of stereotypes about his countrymen.

[Source: WhatsOnTv | Image: Gareth Fuller/AP]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Because, you know, death threats really help your cause..
        • 4 Years Ago
        Lol -Very True!
        • 4 Years Ago
        lol....I'm an American of middle eastern descent. I love Clarkson, and I love Top Gear. But I guess I can just take a joke.

        What was that old saying, the one about sticks and stones..
      • 4 Years Ago
      Be serious, they really are stupid. What reason could be for them to constantly say controversial things?
      IMO they deserve it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      People just can't take jokes I guess.
      • 4 Years Ago
      aw come on... some countries need to be sent some sort of manual on how to get with the times. that joke wasn't even that bad.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jezza is just spiteful because Catherine Zeta Jones never returned his calls...
      • 4 Years Ago
      How do people watch this garbage? Get the elderly off the road!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not a fan of political correctness but I am a fan of respect. I love top gear but I feel some of their jokes are in distaste.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm not used to being downrated. It feels good. Like I'm the joker from Dark Knight.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No we like the Joker from the Dark Knight. Your like Mr. Freeze from Batman and Robin, everybody down ranks Arnold's Mr. Freeze.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. While I didn't see Sunday's episode, it feels as though with each passing series they transition a little more from harmless, off color jokes to being a little more mean spirited.

        That said, I'm still a fan.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Franz I agree with a lot of what you are saying but at the same time people need to be held accountable for what the say and consequences.

        I'm sure you have heard the backlash from Sarah Palin's "violent rhetoric".
        • 4 Years Ago
        I hope they make fun of Justin Bieber this Sunday.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here we go again...
      • 4 Years Ago
      When are people going to realize that this just gives them more press. If people really have a problem with the show (i dont ) then dont watch it. All they are accomplishing is giving Clarkson something to laugh about as he reads the paper.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What we thought were death threats were actually compliments. Sadly their accent got in the way and we misunderstood them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Lol.

        They only say things on TV that a lot of people say jokingly anyway. It's just stereotyping and using that as entertainment. They are entertainers after all.

        Lighten up fools!
      • 4 Years Ago
      People need to grow thicker skin and we need to stop giving these perpetual complainers air/press time.

      There will always be complaints and people yelling at the hosts no matter what they say. Am I about to write the History Channel or BBC about what Tanner Foust said about BMW drivers? No.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Can we still makes jokes about Nascar without getting death threats?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm MORE worried about NASCAR fans' death threats. According to a study I made up for this joke, 93% of them own guns.

        But then again only 5% of them know how to use the internet.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @benfolio
        Hahaha comment of the year!
      • 4 Years Ago
      that's it.
      final.
      people have officially lost ALL sense of humour.
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