• Dec 19, 2011
Jeremy Clarkson has finally taken on the row that's erupted over his comments about striking public workers. As you may recall, Clarkson jokingly said the workers should be shot in the head for refusing to go back to work. The Daily Mail ran with those comments, portraying Clarkson as staunchly anti-labor instead of the loveable blowhard that he is. The BBC has since received a landslide of complaints and parliamentary badgering over the Top Gear host's often controversial comments. Now Clarkson has shot back in his Sunday Times column, comparing The Daily Mail to the Terminator, incapable of distinguishing right from wrong.

Clarkson really rolled up his sleeves and let loose on the paper, saying he felt the wrong publication was shut down in the aftermath of the phone hacking scandal in the UK. We can hardly blame Clarkson for baring his teeth. The Daily Mail went so far as to drag Clarkson's mother into the mess, calling the matriarch extremely right-wing. Remember, Daily Mail, even bad men love their mommas.


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      tributetodrive
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think hes funny. I dont care who he says he hates, hes still funny and a better entertainer then 99% on tv.
      AJ Haverly
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its Jeremy Clarkson never take his comments to heart. If he made fun of me personally I would probably laugh my ass off.
      KAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, I didn't know they went off on his mother. England newspapers sound pretty crazy, making news instead reporting it.
        jglalone
        • 3 Years Ago
        @KAG
        Haven't your ever read comments about Britney Spears mother, or Linday Lohan's mother, or numerous others...sorry England's got nothing on us!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      nitrostreet
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess when Clarkson is insulting Americans, Mexicans, ect. it's "just a comedy show", but when he's offending Brits it's not just a comedy show anymore.......
      Avinash Machado
      • 3 Years Ago
      More publicity for Top Gear.
      breakness
      • 3 Years Ago
      Where's Monty Python when we need them?
      sportsnut53103
      • 3 Years Ago
      What would Benny Hill say???
      Dan Capostagno
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know this is just an emotional reaction and not a logical one, but his comment KILLED my love for TopGear. I can't bring myself to look at it, watch it, read the magazines; the posts on my facebook feed are akin to a girlfriend who cheated on me or otherwise betrayed me badly. I understand the issues, the logical arguments to and for and whatnot... but this guy is a government employee whose only contribution to society is in the arts; to write witty articles about sportscars he's driven and rake-in celebrity-levels of dosh. While we're at it... isn't this guy a "resident" of the Isle of Man? So all that public cheese for snarky remarks gets sheltered in a tax haven? Meanwhile, hardworking people who actively contribute to the boring, coglike workings of a great nation deserve to be shot in the face IN FRONT OF THEIR FAMILIES: their wives and children, on whose behalf the work in terrible, dehumanizing, boring work. These people didn't choose these jobs to be a leech, or because they are card-carrying socialists. It was a job, and a job that wouldn't have been in jeopardy had it not been for coke-snorting executive types. I understand that last bit was a bit ranty, and please thumb-down it if you like, I don't care and I render you no ill-will for it. As I said, it's not a crafted argument; it's what raced through my heart and not my head when I heard this. It's MY free speech. You broke my heart Jezza; and I wash my hands of you and what you do. Being a car guy now slots below hockey in the pantheon of stuff I care about.
        JP Karnilowicz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Capostagno
        If you feel this strongly about it, I hope you actually watched the entire interview before writing him off. In context you should notice he actually SUPPORTS the protestors and was having a go at the his own employer, the BBC, and their impartial reporting requirement.
          Dan Capostagno
          • 3 Years Ago
          @JP Karnilowicz
          thank you man. i did go about and watch it. it was also nice to see PM Cameron display some serious sensitivity to the issue, even as he goes about the messy business of shoring-up the UK. I'm actually a big fan of that guy, which just goes to show that I'll cut someone a little extra slack if they go about making a hard call with a bit of sensitivity and empathy, but I have no love for a loudmouth. Maybe that's part of "leaving childish things behind" and all... all I know is I'm still vastly more pumped for the NHL Winter Classic this year than another season of TopGear.
        Andrae
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Capostagno
        I have to admit, i too no longer watch top gear after i heard that comment by clarkson. I feel the same way, i cannot bring myself to watch. I have to admit i did enjoy the show, but after i hear that i thought, "my god these people at top gear must really hate the average working man". A comment like he said could not have come out of the blue. It has to be something he lives by, something he believes.
      Greg
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice to see Autoblog feels that calling someone's mother "extremely right wing" is on the same level as calling for public sector workers, who are availing themselves to time honoured labour rights, to be shot in front of their family. First off, I'm a fan of Top Gear but Clarkson's act of, let me piss on someone and then when the clamour inevitably comes, I'll just apologise, is rather tired and for Autoblog to feel that that is okay is utter trash. Clarkson clearly does _not_ feel sorry and has/is apologising simply because of public pressure. This is not acceptable behaviour.
        MAJikMARCer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Greg
        Re-read that second to the last sentence. As for Clarkson, it's refreshing that someone stands up and ISNT always politically correct. You don't have to like him for it and I don't think he should have said what he said, but many comedians taken out of context could sound pretty callous and insensitive too.
      Nigel Davies
      • 3 Years Ago
      People that take Jeremy Clarkson seriously should be shot in the head.
      Carlos
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe if the media had reported on the entire context of what Jezza was saying, and not the sound-byte-able snippet that was conveniently edited to shock and offend, we wouldn't still be having this converation. It wasn't a serious comment, it was a joke that had a wider context. Get over it.
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