Driver of cars and general television pest Jeremy Clarkson has begged for forgiveness via YouTube for failing adequately to mumble the n-word in a nursery rhyme he was reciting for a Top Gear clip.
He was reciting the rhyme “eeny, meeny, miny, moe” when attempting to choose between two cars, and it took him two takes to not quite obscure the ensuing racist term, before he gave up and replaced it with “teacher”.
Here’s his apology:
This mole particularly enjoyed the tantalising pause between “a racist expression that I was extremely keen” and “to avoid”. Because even if he’s contrite this time, there have been a number of apparently racist comments he’s made over the years that sadly were delivered wholly un-mumbled:
Matt Baker looked pained, longing for his simpler Blue Peter days, when it was just him and wholesome border collie Meg against the world.
In an episode of Top Gear, Clarkson and fellow motoring motor-mouths Richard Hammond and James May made offensive remarks about Mexican people, causing the BBC to apologise to the country’s ambassador.
After some lazy, feckless jokes by his colleagues about “lazy, feckless, flatulent, overweight” Mexicans with food “like sick with cheese on it”, Clarkson added jubilantly that the show wouldn’t get any complaints because: “at the Mexican embassy, the ambassador is going to be sitting there with a remote control like this [he added some snoring noises]. They won’t complain, it’s fine.”
“The problem is that television executives have got it into their heads that if one presenter on a show is a blond-haired, blue-eyed heterosexual boy, the other must be a black Muslim lesbian.”
All is not lost for Clarkson, however, as people call for his resignation. Universally popular politician Michael Gove’s come out to defend him… It’s time to catch a Clarkson by the gob – and this time, not to let him go.