metro stig lookalike

The BBC and Top Gear are none too pleased with London's free daily newspaper, Metro. Why the frosty feelings? The newspaper recently ran a large ad to promote a green-themed motoring event, and used a Stig-like character in the spot.

The driver, called Clive, is wearing a white racing suit with mutli-colored flowers, and is shown standing in a manner similar to Top Gear's tamed racing driver. The ad copy even goes on to tout ridiculous "facts" about Clive, in the same vein as the ones used by Jeremy Clarkson to describe their Stig.

BBC Worldwide is reportedly talking to lawyers about the proper course of action. The Guardian tried to reach Metro for comment, but the paper is clearly enjoying playing Stig and had nothing to say. Top-shelf copyright infringement or much ado about nothing? Have you say in the Comments.