5 Biggest Top Gear Controversies

2. Mexican Stereotypes

Controversy: When discussing a Mastretta sports car, which May dubbed "the Tortilla", all three presenters decided to focus on it's Mexican heritage, rather than technical attributes. Whilst stereotyping foreign nationalities is nothing new to the show, descriptions such as "Mexican cars are just going to be 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.€ are hardly examples of fine journalism. Complaints: 157, plus . Outcome: Despite the Mexican ambassador demanding an apology from the BBC, this particular episode was seen to comply with rule 2.3. Ofcom stated that "the majority of the audience would be familiar with the presenters€™ approach to mocking, playground-style humour, and would have considered that applying that approach to national stereotypes was in keeping with the programme€™s usual content, and the presenters€™ typical style". The fact that the same episode also featured several jokes at the expense of Australians was also a factor, cited as evidence that no one country was being singled out individually.
In this post: 
Top Gear
Posted On: 

One man fate has made indescribable