BBC Apologizes for Top Gear Remarks on Mexicans, But Says Stereotyping OK

BBC Apologizes for Top Gear Remarks on Mexicans, But Says Stereotyping OK

Last weekend, an episode of the popular BBC2 show Top Gear sparked controversy when comments made by the presenters caused upset in Mexico, including a formal complaint lodged by ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora, in which he described the comments from Richard Hammond, James May and Jeremy Clarkson as ‘xenophobic and humiliating.’

Now the BBC has responded directly. In a letter addressed to Sr. Mora, it said it was sorry if had offended some people, but said jokes based on national stereotyping were part of British national humor and culture.

It also stated that there was no vindictiveness behind the comments, even if they might have been “rude” and “mischievous.”

“Our own comedians make jokes about the British being terrible cooks and terrible romantics, we in turn make jokes about the Italians being disorganized and over dramatic, the French being arrogant and the Germans being over-organized,” the corporation said.

The BBC announcement went on to say that such stereotype-based comedy is in line with BBC programming guidelines, provided the audience expects it, as is the case with Top Gear.

[Source: BBC]

  • Ana Riojas

    Any mexican that can not be described as they described mexicans, will agree with me, for sure, that they were just fooling around with racial stuff based on true facts. It is important to emphatize they do this with every race even their own, so CHILL.

    By the way I am Mexican, and I find myself fighting daily with people‘s negligence and mediocrity. (As I am very sure that would be the case in every country, not just Mexico) Because as Octavio Paz said, a nobel priced mexican writer by the way, the world is divided between “pendejos“, and “chingones“… not only by races. Thank you.

  • Omar Jimenez Salgado Damian

    “I’m sorry but just remember waking up and realising that you’re Mexican! Uhhh!” Have you ever thought ‘Uhhh I’m Mexican!’ and How many times have they said that about Italians? French? Germans?

  • amped

    As far as I can remember they have said that 10 times for the Italians, 2 times for the French, and way more than 30 times for the German. I watch a lot of their episodes and the make fun of everyone including their own country.