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Lord Michael Grade

The criticism coming out the UK towards the TOP GEAR Mexican fiasco continues.

The Digital Spy reported this morning that Lord Michael Grade, BBC chairman and executive chairman of ITV from 2007 to 2009 , spoke to the The Daily Telegraph about the BBC car show and its co-host, Richard Hammond, who on the January 30 TOP GEAR episode called Mexicans “lazy, feckless [and] flatulent,” leading to an international incident between the Mexican government and the BBC. The BBC eventually apologized, but the social media space is still very active and it appears that criticisms against the TOP GEAR hosts will not end. Lord Grade joins Manchester United star Chicharito, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and UK comedian/actor Steve Coogan in slamming the infamous Mexican segment, presented here.

The Digital Spy posted the following about Lord Grade:

Lord Grade, the former head of ITV, told The Daily Telegraph: “I don’t think that’s acceptable in this day and age.

“That was disgraceful, it was horrible. How dare he [Richard Hammond] sit there, [on] prime-time television, casting aspersions on a whole nation.

“What’s he going to do next, talk about the Jews making money? Or the slitty-eyed Chinese, like the Duke of Edinburgh? I’m not a PC fascist, but it seemed to me to take us back to the dark ages of television.”

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Ok, I know I am an Arsenal supporter, but when I heard that Manchester United and Mexican soccer star Javier Hernández (known to all fans as “Chicharito) had responded to the TOP GEAR Mexican fiasco in a very creative and original way, I had to share. Sorry, Cesc Fabregas, you know I would never write about United in this blog, but Chicharito’s response was right on the money. He earns major props.

In a new ad campaign that the soccer star arranged with Powerade, an image of a proud Chicharito is accompanied by the following text, translated here from the Spanish: “Yes, imagine waking up and discovering that you are Mexican. Less prejudice. More exercise.”

The soccer star was obviously making reference to the comments made by TOP GEAR host Richard Hammond and then repeated by host Jeremy Clarkson (video below). Recent articles in both the Mexican and English press reported that Chicharito was so upset with the comments that he wanted to use his star power to present an appropriate (and dare we say clever and classy?) response to the TOP GEAR Three Amigos.


Ok, Chicharito, you are cool in my book. But Arsenal is still coming after you and United for the Premiership title this year. GOOONERS!!!!

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