On the day this is being published, it’s Jeremy Clarkson’s birthday. So in celebration for his 59th birthday, we thought we’d go through his most controversial moments, from his days at Top Gear, to his recent Grand Tour mishaps.
By using the term ‘ginger beer’ to create some too-close-to-the-mark gay jokes, they caused outrage in the homosexual community. Although they technically only received four formal complaints. So while we’re sure Clarkson got a slap on the hand, it wasn’t too bad!
What makes a car “quintessentially German?” Maybe the sat-nav only points to Poland, and the turn signals display Hitler salutes. It was pretty funny back then, but in today’s world, a bit more sobering.
Our Richard Hammond described a Mexican as “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.” While Clarkson didn’t add too much to the discussion, he did add that they wouldn’t receive any complaints about it because they’d all be asleep. As you all know, they did complain.
ARGENTINA NEARLY KILLS THE TRIO
Jeremy’s license plate in the Patagonia special, which read “H982 FKL,” set off an incident that became ultimately dangerous for the cast and crew. Despite Jeremy’s insistence that it was not a reference of the Falklands War, the boys were literally chased out of the country by an angry mob. James May also went on radio to again state that it was only an alarming coincidence. Later on we’ll bring this up again… some things never change.
JEREMY THE LORRY DRIVER
Exclaiming that lorry drivers kill prostitutes probably wasn’t the best thing to say on one of the most popular shows in the world. But he did it anyway. While it got 500 complaints sent into the BBC, it was completely worth it.
THE DEAD COW CAMARO
During the US South Special, Jeremy turned up to a meal with a dead cow on his car. Of course, the cow had been dead for days before this was filmed, but this still didn’t stop people from thinking Jeremy killed the cow just for the show.
Even in an outtake, we would dissuade you from muttering racist words under your breath. You never know if it will bite you in the future. Jeremy had to make a public apology for this one, which went down quite well actually.
The test track of The Grand Tour has quickly become loved. But as its name was likened to that of the Ebola virus, it quickly became a topic of debate.
HELPING THE IMMIGRANTS
Kate Gibbs of the Road Haulage Association went mad at Clarkson bringing up new and innovative ways of smuggling immigrants into the country. Luckily, he wasn’t bothered.
With the objective of bringing a town in need of food a large haul of fish, the trio arrived without any food and instead left via helicopter. While we knew they were making a point at the current workings of charities, this blew up with many people finding this to be offensive. People love to moan.
The Jeep Wrangler being a gay icon was a recurring joke during one episode of The Grand Tour. This angered a lot of people, including Will Young. Um… right.
While Hammond may have brought it up agin, it’s no secret that Clarkson is one of the main writers for The Grand Tour. In a heated discussion about places around the world, Hammond called Argentina ‘God’s Cesspit’. Of course, this didn’t go down too well.
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