Jeremy Clarkson has been accused of offensive behaviour once again after mocking Indian culture in a Top Gear Christmas special. Viewers have complained to the BBC after the outspoken presenter made a series of controversial remarks about the country's clothing, trains, food and history.
Potty humour: (inset)Jeremy Clarkson drove round slums in this
Jaguar fitted with a toilet, which he said was 'perfect for India'
At one point, Clarkson appeared to make light of the lack of sanitation for poor residents by driving around slums in a Jaguar fitted with a toilet. A spokesman for the BBC said they had received 23 complaints about the programme, which was broadcast this week.
She added, "If viewers or religious groups want to complain, they can complain to the BBC. We won't be responding through the media." Many viewers took to social networks and Internet message boards to voice their objections about the show, in which the Top Gear team set out to boost British trade links with the subcontinent.
Owen Hathway tweeted, "Whats wrong with the BBC that they think casual racist stereotyping is acceptable on Top Gear?" In one scene, Jeremy Clarkson is seen taking off his trousers in front of two Indian dignitaries to show them how to use a trouser press.
And it is not just on Top Gear that Clarkson has caused offence with his remarks. Ofcom, the broadcasting watchdog, launched an investigation after he said striking public sector workers "should be shot" while their families watched.
The comments -- made during The One Show on November 30 -- led to more than 21,000 complaints to the BBC and almost 800 to Ofcom itself. Speaking about the strikers, he said, "I'd have them all shot. I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families."
Not the 1st time
>> It is not the first time that Top Gear has become embroiled in a row over its presenters. Earlier this year co-presenter Richard Hammond made an insulting parody of Mexicans. He suggested that a "lazy" and "feckless" vehicle reflected the national characteristics of its country of origin.