As part of our 15th birthday celebrations, we’ve trawled through the archives to bring you some of the best, weirdest and most salacious articles published on
Crikey since our launch on February 14, 2000.
*This article was originally published on May 6, 2014.
Television presenter Jeremy Clarkson (pictured) has received a "final warning"
from broadcaster BBC, after reportedly using racist language while filming hugely popular car show Top Gear
. This isn’t the first time Clarkson has courted controversy; Crikey
looks at the past "Oh, no he didn’t!" moments in Clarkson’s history ...
The BBC admits fault and agrees to pay compensation after Clarkson crashes a pick-up truck into a tree in Somerset, England, to test the strength of a Toyota. Local residents think the damage was caused accidentally or by vandals
until the episode airs.
Clarkson performs a Hitler-style salute and makes mocking references
to the Nazis on Top Gear
as he talks about the BMW Mini. He says the car has a satellite navigation system "that only goes to Poland", in reference to the invasion of Poland that triggered World War II.
Clarkson says the BBC does not take Top Gear
seriously in the February issue
of Top Gear
magazine. He highlights that the network often replaces the show with live snooker coverage, which is "like billiards for poor people", and that the "show has become a monster".
Four complaints regarding derogatory references to homosexuality are upheld by the BBC after Clarkson describes a car
as "a bit gay" and "very ginger beer" (allegedly rhyming slang for the term "queer").
Clarkson is shown drinking alcohol while driving, which the BBC Trust says
"could be seen to glamorise the misuse of alcohol". The show’s executive producer says the hosts were in international waters and therefore beyond the jurisdiction of drink-driving laws.
BBC producers are asked by the Romanian government to remove remarks made by Clarkson, who donned a pork pie-style hat
to be accepted by the "gypsies" and talked of entering "Borat country". He was also seen washing his face with "cool, refreshing communist water".
August 2010: Clarkson says
the Ferrari F430 "should have been called the 430 Speciale Needs".
Clarkson and his Top Gear
co-stars dress up in burqas
on the Boxing Day special, in "order to disguise themselves on the road".
February 2011: Clarkson argues in his Sun column
that without offensive humour, there can be no jokes, after making racial slurs against Mexicans in response to the country launching legal action against Top Gear.
Clarkson is again accused of racism after a Top Gear Christmas special
in India. He "mocked the dress of Indian dignitaries" while "driving around slums in a Jaguar fitted with a toilet" and made "repeated jokes about the country’s trains, food, history and conditions".
February 2012: Clarkson says
that striking public sector workers in the UK "should be shot". Media watchdog Ofcom finds the comments were not in breach of broadcasting rules.
October 2012: Clarkson names and shames
"moron Audi drivers" on Twitter, identifying them by number plates. He highlights the benefits of the internet as a "libel-free world".
March 2013: A Top Gear official vows
"never to come back to Australia" after constantly being "confronted by paparazzi". Clarkson reportedly says: "You can take them out of England, but you can’t take the convict out of them."
Clarkson uses a racial slur during a special Burma episode
. A group of people offended by the term, including actor Somi Guha, argue the term contravened the Equality Act
and are seeking $1 million in compensation from the BBC. Clarkson responds to the complaint
on Twitter: "I’m not a racist. I am currently sitting in a bar with a man who lives quite near Wales."