Video: Top Gear vs Mexico – ‘Banter’ or Bigotry?

Less than a week after he defended Richard Keys following his sacking from Sky Sports, Jeremy Clarkson and his Top Gear friends have landed themselves in a bit of bother after slamming Mexico on their show. As you can see from the video below, it is actually Richard Hammond who goes to town on the nation, joking that Mexican cars reflected national characteristics, saying they were “a lazy, feckless, 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 “sick with cheese on it..” Strong stuff indeed. But Clarkson joined in by claiming that there would be no complaints because the Mexican ambassador would be asleep. How wrong can one man be? Yesterday a very awake Mexican ambassador wrote a letter to BBC bosses saying: “These offensive, xenophobic and humiliating remarks only serve to reinforce negative stereotypes and perpetuate prejudice against Mexico and its people.” Presumably he would have written the note on Monday but was drinking Corona and eating burritos. Has Top Gear crossed the line or is this all just another storm in a tea cup?