Jeremy Clarkson just can’t resist putting his hand over the flame, it seems.
Months after he was tagged “deliberately offensive” by Ofcom for his use of the word “slope” in Burma, he couldn’t help but bring the subject up again in Patagonia.
In the previous show, viewers had watched Clarkson looking at a bridge -and an Asian man walking across it – and say, “It’s a proud moment, but there’s a slope on it.”
Clarkson and co in Patagonia, where he decided he was going to be “the new me, the clever me”
Ofcom decided then Clarkson’s use of the offensive term for an Asian person was unjustified. And then it was on to Patagonia…
Part 1 of this Christmas’s ‘Top Gear’ found the team in Argentina, and faced with another bridge. Clarkson turned to co-presenter Richard Hammond and said, “That is a proud moment, Hammond, but… is it straight?”
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Of course, this was the same Patagonia where Clarkson and crew had caused so much controversy by driving a car with the registration H982 FKL – much to the wrath of local Argentinians who read it as a reference to the 1982 Falklands War.
Viewers saw genuine panic from the Top Gear team as they had to flee a raging mob in Argentina
The ‘Top Gear’ presenters and their team had to leave the country early, after angry mobsters surrounded their hotel, and the team were left fearing for the lives. Clarkson revealed afterwards he had literally been hiding under his bed, until they could be safely escorted out of the area.
The Patagonia special was finally screened this weekend, following the BBC’s assertion that they were happy the production team had not insulted their Argentinian hosts deliberately.
At the beginning of the show, which was pretty calm, almost pedestrian, until the last five minutes when the team had to abandon the trip in what looked like genuine panic, Clarkson had declared, “‘I will not spark fury on this trip.
“This is the new me, the smart me, the clever me.”
And on that bombshell…