This tweet is not TOP GEAR Producer James May, but it still stings.
The following is the official response from the BBC in the UK:
“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. Our own comedians make jokes about the British being terrible cooks and terrible romantics, and we in turn make jokes about the Italians being disorganised and over dramatic; the French being arrogant and the Germans being over organised. 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.
“In line with that tradition, stereotype based comedy is allowed within BBC guidelines in programmes where the audience has clear expectations of that being the case, as indeed it is with Top Gear. 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.”
The video in question is below:
BTW: I just sent the following to the BBC:
First of all, I would like to thank you for blocking the YouTube broadcasting of the offensive TOP GEAR show that slurs and insults Mexicans. By doing so, you allowed my own blog to gain amazing web traffic since I have actual files of the videos and people can freely see what was said, without censorship from you in the name of copyright. Your public statement does very little to address the issues regarding TOP GEAR and its three hosts. The humor was way out of line and they deserve a suspension and a public (broadcasted) apology needs to be made to the people of Mexico and all US Latinos. This problem has not gone away with some standard PR old media statement. The furor on social media has continued. We would like the opportunity to actually interview the three hosts to get their side of this story. Can you make that happen?