Indian-born actress Somi Guha is suing the BBC for airing "casual racism."

Season 21 of Top Gear is over, which means it's high time we had some controversy surround the world's most popular motoring show. The issue this time rests with the show's last two episodes, which saw the three hosts buy second-hand "lorries" and drive from Rangoon, Myanmar to the River Kwai, in Thailand. The three hapless personalities were then tasked with building a bridge across the river.

Towards the end of the episode, after the rickety bridge was constructed, Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson stand at the end admiring it. As a local man is crossing the bridge, though, Clarkson remarks that "there's a slope on it," ostensibly commenting on the shape and slant of the bridge. Now, for those not up to date with their racist phrases, "slope" also doubles as a derogatory term for people of Asian descent. Knowing this, it certainly looks like Clarkson's statement could have been more than just unfortunate timing.

This whole affair has left Somi Guha, an Indian-born actress, rather angry. She's so upset by Clarkson's use of the phrase that she's retained a group of lawyers called Equal Justice to sue the BBC for one million pounds ($1.66 million), accusing the network of airing of "casual racism," according to her written complaint to the BBC. Anglophiles or Brits will know Equal Justice as the group behind the Big Brother racism lawsuits.

"Jeremy Clarkson has made derogatory comments about Mexicans. Now he bullies an Asian person. It has to stop," Guha said in her statement.

Clarkson, meanwhile, had some not so kind words for The Daily Mail, which published the story. We can't embed the tweets here - here's a link to his Twitter account if you'd care to read them - but Clarkson expressed his gratitude for the support, accused the Mail of not caring about the truth and explained that he couldn't be racist, because he was in a pub with someone that lives near Wales (way to dig that hole, Jezza).

You can read the full, blistering story on the suit from The Daily Mail. You can also view the scene in question from the final episode of season 21 below. What do you think? Has Clarkson and Co. made yet another misstep, or was the timing of the comment just a very, very unfortunate coincidence? Let us know in Comments.


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      Alex
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lol @ humans. So much time wasted being offended by everything.
      AMG4Life69
      • 1 Year Ago
      People file lawsuits over anything these days, huh? That idiot isn't offended, she just wants money. And to the people thinking him saying slope as a joke is rude, get over it.
      barkeep
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have never even heard of that term until this article. Wow. Some people just need to loosen up. Either that, or this so-called "actress" needs to quit her job.
      jonnybimmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Really? Slope? As an Asian, this is the first time I've heard that, and after looking it up, seems about as racist as calling a Viet "Charlie". In other words, yes it's a slur for a specific race, but at the same time, GET OVER IT. Besides, at this point, if TG didn't insult you, that'd actually be more racist (in the truer sense of racism).
      Tamoor Chaudhry
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is like being offended by South Park.
      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can't stand sensitive, politically correct goofballs, that are self important and wish to impose their values onto everyone else. What is this world coming to?
      RCinAZ
      • 1 Year Ago
      That word offended her? Wow... she must get all sorts of upset when people start talking about ski season...
      DrSandman
      • 1 Year Ago
      I agree. This bullying must stop! Countersue that rat b@$turd Indian Actress for 10x the amount she is claiming as "damages" for hurting Jezza's feelings!
      sparrk
      • 1 Year Ago
      This suing over every bullcrap thing is a slippery slope...oh, damn it, now i have to pay $1.66 million !
      Jarda
      • 1 Year Ago
      someone is being an attention *****, and it ain't Clarkson
      Tom Ed Becherer
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm American and despite what he thinks I'm not obese which is what's funny. He makes generalizations about our country and everyone being fat here, saying things along the lines of "you're American? But you're not fat enough" and it's funny, it's good to laugh at ourselves. No one is safe from mockery with clarkson which is why it's so fun. He's just quick witted and will call anyone out with stereotypes and racial comments. Anyone remember the bling episode with the Cadillac escalade..? Tell me there was no subtle racial humor in that. I've never heard of this "Indian-born actress who probably lived for for the first 3 years of her life" and she probably just wants more publicity. And being an actress she's going to ACT all butthurt about this silly comment just to get her name out and to make up some money she didn't get when she realized she wouldn't be as famous of an actress as she hoped. Might he a pretty humorous case to watch if it really goes through.
      Level4
      • 1 Year Ago
      Somi Guha dumb chic probably hasn't gotten laid in months
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