British Morning Show Host Calls Mexicans “Lazy, Feckless and Flatulent”

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Comparing an entire country to a car is the height of stupidity, but that's exactly what TV host Richard Hammond did on the British motoring show, Top Gear, when he branded a Mexican car, "lazy, feckless and flatulent" and said it mirrored Mexico's national characteristics.

Hammond's cohost, James May, went on to describe Mexican food as "like sick with cheese on it," or "refried sick," and the show's third host, Jeremy Clarkson predicted they wouldn't get any complaints about the show because {at the Mexican embassy}, "the ambassador is going to be sitting there with a remote control, snoring."

Immediately demonstrating how wrong the ignorant hosts are about Mexico and its people, Eduardo Medina Mora, Mexico's Ambassador in London, was so incensed by the jokes that he wrote a letter to the BBC, the network that airs the show, calling the comments "offensive, xenophobic and humiliating."

"The presenters of the program resorted to outrageous, vulgar and inexcusable insults to stir bigoted feelings against the Mexican people, their culture as well as their official representative in the United Kingdom," he wrote. 

A spokeswoman for the BBC confirmed the letter and said the BBC would "respond directly" to the Consulate.

 

 

 

 In the episode [watch at the end of this post], Hammond joked that Mexican cars reflected its national characteristics and that a Mexican sports car would resemble "a lazy, feckless and flatulent oaf with a moustache, leaning against a fence asleep, looking at a cactus with a blanket with a hole in the middle on as a coat."
May went on to describe Mexican food as "like sick with cheese on it," or "refried sick," while Clarkson predicted they would not get any complaints about the show because "at the Mexican embassy, "the ambassador is going to be sitting there with a remote control, snoring."
"They won't complain, it's fine," he said.
In his letter to the BBC, the ambassador wrote: "The presenters of the program resorted to outrageous, vulgar and inexcusable insults to stir bigoted feelings against the Mexican people, their culture as well as their official representative in the United Kingdom.
"These offensive, xenophobic and humiliating remarks only serve to reinforce negative stereotypes and perpetuate prejudice against Mexico and its people."
A spokeswoman for the BBC confirmed the letter and said the BBC would "respond directly" to the Consulate.
As one of the most popular and enduring brands on British TV, Top Gear is no stranger to negative headlines about its jock-ish behavior and irreverent humor. Focusing on fast cars and ludicrous stunts, its recent guests have included Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, who had to race against each other in a timed challenge driving 1970s clapped-up family cars.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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