The BBC have released a statement defending the Top Gear team following a controversial segment on last Sunday’s show in which they slammed Mexico as a “lazy, feckless and flatulent” nation. Check the video here..
The Mexican ambassador complained to the BBC on Tuesday and demanded and apology from the corporation for what he called “xenophobic and humiliating remarks”. He then had a little snooze while awaiting the response..
The BBC duly obliged by apologising to the ambassador for the personal comments made about him in the programme but defended the show’s ‘stereotype-based’ comedy.
The full statement reads: “The executive producer for Top Gear has written to the Mexican Ambassador and apologised for the comments made about him during the show.
“On the broader issue of comments about Mexicans as people, the show has explained they were making comic use of a stereotype; a practice with which regular viewers of Top Gear will be familiar.
“We are sorry if we have offended some people, but jokes centred on national stereotyping are a part of Top Gear’s humour, and indeed a robust part of our national humour… When we do it, we are being rude, yes, and mischievous, but there is no vindictiveness behind the comments.
“This stereotyping humour is in itself a factor in the tolerance which the ambassador states is so prevalent in Britain… Whilst it may appear offensive to those who have not watched the programme or who are unfamiliar with its humour, the executive producer has made it clear to the Ambassador that that was absolutely not the show’s intention.”