Film & TV

May 6, 2014

Racism, homophobia, drink-driving — end of the road for Jeremy Clarkson?

Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson is in hot water again, this time for reportedly using racist language. Crikey intern Clovelle Car takes a look back at Clarkson's past controversies.

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14 thoughts on “Racism, homophobia, drink-driving — end of the road for Jeremy Clarkson?

  1. zut alors

    Meet the BBC’s new age Alf Garnett.

  2. George Rolfe

    As “colourful” a character he may be, the idea that people or entire nations have the right not to be offended is revolting.

  3. prodigy

    But the Brits love him ….and that’s what counts. Tipping at windmills is central to his persona & I admit that I find him entertaining.

  4. MJPC

    You can add plagarism to that also. A recent BBC doco on WW2 Convoy PQ17 produced by Clarkson plagarised large sections of the book “The Destruction of PQ17” without credit to the author; overpaid parasite.

  5. mikeb

    Label me anything you like but I found amusing, if not hilarious, every instance of outrage listed. I might have to start watching him again (I stopped many years ago).

  6. Venise Alstergren

    Sadly this is not an isolated case. The English positively nurture these errant types who seem to believe it’s funny to be bloody rude about other people. The man is a bully with an inbuilt superiority complex which overawes the victims who find it too frightening to sail in and hit him where it hurts.

  7. Gerem Junid

    Clarkson is in a long English tradition of derogatory humour.

    Should Flanders & Swan have been censured for their song with the chorus line:
    “The English the English the English are best
    I wouldn’t give tuppence for all of the rest”

  8. fractious

    In an era of wall-to-wall ‘personalities’ that milk the media (and its clueless acolytes) for all their worth yet whose depths know no beginning, Clarkson is an anachronism. He sets out to offend those who itch to be offended, and succeeds (sometimes even beyond his own wildy egotistic benchmarks).

    And I wouldn’t have it any other way. People (many, obviously) hate him, and what they generally fail to grasp is that that’s what tickles him. And for all that, he can be – and often is – quite insightful. Besides, what would Top Gear have been without him? Certainly not the global success it still is. Go Jezza!

  9. AR

    I’d rather a prat than a vat bred extruded personality.

  10. Matt Hardin

    So it’s ok to sit in a privileged position taking the public’s money and be offensive. Not to mention flout the law (drink driving) and encourage others to (supporting the burning of speed cameras). The guy is jerk and anyone supporting him is a jerk as well.

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