The Mexican ambassador the the UK has complained to the BBC over comments made by the hosts of Top Gear in the episode broadcast last weekend (reviewed here – separate story).
Eduardo Medina-Morina has written to the network to complain about the “insults” made by hosts Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May when talking about a Mexican sports car, the Mastretta MXT.
The trio had suggested – with tongue very firmly planted in cheek – that vehicles often reflected the national characters of the cars, with Hammond implying that “Mexican cars are just going to be lazy.”
Medina-Morina has described the discussion as “outrageous, vulgar and inexcusable” while adding that their comments risked creating “bigoted feelings against the Mexican people”, he wrote in his complaint letter.
The hosts also described Mexican food as “sick with cheese on it”, while Clarkson joked that they wouldn’t get any complaints about this discussion because “the Mexican ambassador’s going to be sitting there with a remote control like this”, he said, before he slumped down in his chair and faked a snore.
Only recently, the show had sparked accusations of being anti-Muslim when its hosts donned burqas during their recent ‘Christmas Special’ episode.
The BBC has declined to comment publically, other than to say it would respond directly to the Mexican ambassador.