Last year, I covered one of Jeremy Clarkson’s seemingly endless racist controversies, and it seems like people were interested in him, so here we go again. Clarkson is the decade-long host of the BBC’s Top Gear (seen in the US on BBC America). Top Gear does celebrity interviews, they get celebrities to drive a tricky course in a reasonably priced car, and they also do non-celebrity road trips around various countries. In the past few years alone, Clarkson has been acting like a neo-colonialist buffoon, alienating Argentinians, referring to an Asian man as a “slope,” using the n-word (and then lying about it), mocking disabled people, alienating all of India and describing Mexicans as “lazy” and “feckless.” Seriously. And it’s only now that the BBC has gotten around to doing a temporary suspension. So mysterious, you guys.
Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended by the BBC “following a fracas” with a producer. The corporation said the 54-year-old presenter had been suspended “pending an investigation”.
“No one else has been suspended. Top Gear will not be broadcast this Sunday,” it said.
Clarkson was given what he called his “final warning” last May after claims he used a racist word while filming the popular BBC motoring show. At the time, he said the BBC had told him he would be sacked if he made “one more offensive remark, anywhere, at any time”. The BBC gave no further details on the current incident involving Clarkson, and said it would not be making any further statements at this time. Clarkson’s representatives have yet to reply to requests for a comment.
So what was involved with this “fracas”? No one knows for sure. The Daily Mail says Clarkson threw a punch at a male producer. Seriously, and that was what went too far? Not when he said striking workers should be shot? Not all the racist crap?
Obviously, Clarkson has been making “jokes” on Twitter about his suspension – go here to read some of them. There are also a lot of Clarkson fan-boys signing a petition to force the BBC to reinstate him. Hm… is it like the Duck Dynasty thing in America? Like, Clarkson can be as racist and offensive as possible and there will still be knuckle-dragging jackasses who defend him because “people are too sensitive” and “political correctness has gone too far” and “you should be allowed to punch your coworkers, mate.”
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