• Mar 31, 2011
Richard Hammond apologized this week for his offensive remarks about Mexicans during a Top Gear segment discussing the Mastretta MXT earlier this year. Hammond said he regretted the remarks, and sees now how they could have been offensive. Still, Hamster didn't exactly come all the way clean, saying that his words – and those of his two co-hosts – were clearly a joke.

For its part, the BBC has stood behind Hammond, May and Clarkson, saying that off-color humor is an integral part of the show. The presenters and the BBC got a thorough shellacking over the comments after the show aired. Mexico's ambassador to the UK called the remarks "offensive, xenophobic and humiliating."

[Source: On the Box]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      All those who complain about anything said on Top Gear are a bunch of whiny pansies If you ask me. If it's one thing I love about shows like Top Gear & Family Guy, it's that they make fun of everybody. We could all stand to laugh at ourselves & each other sometimes. The humor is definitely off color & usually based on stereotypes most of us have heard at some point or another... a lot of it truthful, to be honest. Most stereotypes are based on actuality (sometimes past more than present). The simple fix if you're one of said pansies is to not watch these shows. Seriously... what kind of sad loser watches a show to hear something derogatory about themselves just so they can complain about it? Jeez...
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can see how they thought it was funny, but I have a feeling that American viewers were more sensitive to this subject. Because racism towards Mexicans (and Hispanics in general) is still prevalent in the US, those jokes would never fly on American TV. It might have been more acceptable if the jokes were more clever, but the stereotypes they referenced were completely outdated and ended up sounding more offensive than funny. That being said, I honestly don't believe it was their intention to insult Mexicans like they did - they always make fun of other countries. It's part of the show and it's usually pretty hilarious.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Have you ever watched Family Guy???
        • 3 Years Ago
        You should watch South Park more. I can't believe they don't get in trouble because they straight up rip on people, Blacks, Jews, Gays, you name it, nothing is sacred.

        I am surprised, and glad, that no one really complains about them.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @musashi66: Yes, Top Gear is a family show - they've said on air that it is. And you're right that there's a good amount of content on Top Gear that wouldn't make it a family show in the US, which brings me back to my point that a lot of folks in America are too uptight. I don't know why people are arguing with me because I'm pretty sure that we're all agreeing with each other.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ Franz: Family Guy, South Park, and Always Sunny don't count lol. People who watch those shows (including me) obviously don't get offended by much. But Top Gear is technically a family show, which is why I don't think those jokes would have been tolerated on American TV. I'm fully aware that they were just joking around, I'm just saying that a lot of Americans are super uptight about this kind of stuff.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tipyyd

        Top Gear is a family show? I think that there might be a bit too much talk of gentleman's sausages and such to consider it a family show.

        In general, people are way uptight these days. It seems that there is always someone who is offended by something, and it seems that a small majority of easily offended people is very vocal about it. Because of that, normal people that can take a joke have to suffer through bland shows and be PC about everything they say or do so we don't offend somebody
        • 3 Years Ago
        Gentlemen's sausages for the whole family!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Gee, I wish they'd bring the Mastretta MXT into the states.......(if the haven't already)............

      It's a nice taut little package...........

        • 3 Years Ago
        you'd have to bring it over illegally...
        • 3 Years Ago
        there is a bad illegal alien joke in that statement somewhere....
      • 3 Years Ago
      Come on now, half of what makes Top Gear so funny is their weird, British take on racism!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seriously, Mexico has a lot more to worry about than three British guys having a conversation about cars. These guys are equal opportunity racists where no one is safe, and thats what makes them hilarious. You cannot take them so seriously...give me a break.
      • 3 Years Ago
      When you watch that show, you know what you're getting. If you think you might be offended, don't watch it. How hard is that?
        • 3 Years Ago
        I agree. If you don't know what goes on at Top Gear, or you don't approve, then don't watch.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Did you actually see that episode? I'm used to hear all their "racists" jokes, but man, that was a bit over the top. You could actually see the public with unconfortable smiles.
      • 3 Years Ago
      No need to apologize, Mr. Hammond. We know you're not racist, nor is Top Gear. Some people just need to get the poles removed from their arses, thats all. Carry on, lads!
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Mexico's ambassador to the UK called the remarks "offensive, xenophobic and humiliating."

      Wow, really? What did they say? It sounds like someone is being a little overly dramatic, given the strong choice of words.

      People are just too hypersensitive these days.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What if TGUSA did that instead of TGUK? LOL.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alex, no this was a trick question, no one would be watching, so it really doesn't matter.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ALEX

        HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I found it funny that the only people on this site claiming to be offended weren't actually Mexican themselves.
      • 3 Years Ago
      seriously, those Mexicans need to cut the crap and let it go. Top Gear makes fun of Chinese people and their cheap knockoffs all the time, being Chinese, I never found them offensive in any way, it's part of the show.

      Mexicans clearly lack a sense of humor, on top of several other things.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Mexicans that want to become Americans better find that sense of humor because we are the butt of a lot more jokes than Mexico is.

        You watch the guys on Top Gear critique any American car on their show and they will have you believe it is the equivalent of the cheap Chinese made junk you find at Wal Mart.

        Being hypersensitive about little nit-picky things does more to dilute any stance against racism than promote it.

        In the end, Top Gear wins more viewers from the publicity while the complainers just look like crybabies.
          cabdriver
          • 3 Years Ago
          & don't forget how "Fat & lazy" we are. I couldn't believe that show from Fl. to New Orleans, both from the human side of it [they ARE right about the shame we should have about N.O.] & nobody warned them what sections of the south are like? Heck, some of them are still upset about the civil war, like they fought in it!
      • 3 Years Ago
      More free publicity for Top Gear as well.
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