VIDEO: Clarkson 'horrified' by racist row

Clarkson 'horrified' by racist row

Clarkson 'horrified' by racist row

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Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has said he is "horrified" that it sounded as though he used racist language while filming an episode and was "begging your forgiveness" for the fact it appeared he did.

Responding to claims that he used the n-word while reciting a nursery rhyme, Clarkson told his Twitter followers he had made every effort to make sure he did not use the slur, but realised it might have sounded as though he had.

In a video posted on his Twitter account tonight, he said: " I was mortified by this, horrified. It is a word I loathe.

"Please be assured I did everything in my power to not use that word. And as I'm sitting here begging your forgiveness for the fact that obviously my efforts weren't quite good enough."

DO YOU THINK JEREMY CLARKSON SAYS THE N-WORD?

The segment was later edited out of the BBC broadcast.

The BBC also released a firm statement.

"Jeremy Clarkson has set out the background to this regrettable episode," the statement said.

"We have made it absolutely clear to him the standards the BBC expects on-air and off.

"We have left him in no doubt about how seriously we view this."

A solemn-looking Clarkson told his 3.3 million Twitter followers that when reciting the rhyme Eeny, Meeny, Miny Moe..., he "mumbled where the offensive word would normally occur" in two takes, and used the word "teacher" in its place in a third.

JEREMY CLARKSON APOLOGISES:

"When I viewed this footage, several weeks later, I realised that if you listen very carefully with the sound turned right up, it did appear I actually used the word I was trying to obscure," he added of one of the first two takes.

He said the item was recorded a "couple of years ago" and he "did everything in my power to make sure that that version did not appear in the programme that was transmitted".

Clarkson added that he sent a note to the production office at the time, asking if there was another take that could be used.

The allegations were reported in today's Daily Mirror, which claimed the footage was studied by "audio forensic experts" who told them the star "can be heard chanting Eeny, meeny, miny moe...'. He then mumbles 'Catch a n***** by his toe'".

Earlier today, Clarkson tweeted: "I did not use the n-word. Never use it. The Mirror has gone way too far this time."

His co-host, James May, also came to his defence on Twitter, saying: "Jeremy Clarkson is not a racist. He is a monumental bellend and many other things, but not a racist. I wouldn't work with one."

The claims come days after the motoring show's producer apologised for broadcasting a "light-hearted" joke by Clarkson that sparked a complaint of racism.

An episode, filmed in Burma and Thailand and shown in March, featured a scene in which the presenters built a bridge over the River Kwai, and as an Asian man walked over it Clarkson said: "That is a proud moment, but there's a slope on it."

Somi Guha, an actress who complained to the BBC, said the use of the word "slope" was an example of "casual racism" and "gross misconduct".

The BBC2 show's executive producer Andy Wilman said: "When we used the word slope in the recent Top Gear Burma Special, it was a light-hearted word play joke referencing both the build quality of the bridge and the local Asian man who was crossing it.

"We were not aware at the time, and it has subsequently been brought to our attention, that the word slope is considered by some to be offensive and although it might not be widely recognised in the UK, we appreciate that it can be considered offensive to some here and overseas, for example in Australia and the USA.

"If we had known that at the time, we would not have broadcast the word in this context and regret any offence caused."

Clarkson is well known for courting controversy - in recent years he has been cleared of breaching the broadcasting code by watchdog Ofcom after comparing a Japanese car to people with growths on their faces.

He previously faced a storm of protest from mental health charities after he branded people who throw themselves under trains as ''selfish'' and was forced to apologise for telling BBC1's The One Show that striking workers should be shot.

The motoring show has also faced complaints from Indian and Mexican politicians over remarks made about their countries while filming on location.

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8:58am Fri 2 May 14

Mike Roland says...

What a self-righteous fool! Come on BBC, just get rid of him to save us from further embarrassment from his constant flow of socially unacceptable blunders.
What a self-righteous fool! Come on BBC, just get rid of him to save us from further embarrassment from his constant flow of socially unacceptable blunders. Mike Roland
  • Score: -45

9:30am Fri 2 May 14

Llanmartinangel says...

Only in political correctness obsessed Britain could we all be covering ourselves in sackcloth and ashes for something so innocuous. Yes the word is offensive but it's not like he used it in context in a live broadcast like a certain football manager. Is there no more important news out there right now?
Only in political correctness obsessed Britain could we all be covering ourselves in sackcloth and ashes for something so innocuous. Yes the word is offensive but it's not like he used it in context in a live broadcast like a certain football manager. Is there no more important news out there right now? Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 38

12:59pm Fri 2 May 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

The newspaper that initially brought up these allegations of Clarkson supposedly using the 'n-word', seems itself to nevertheless to use the 't-word' (i.e. "tranny") with impunity. Indeed, one will find the most cursory of 'googles' of *Mirror* and *Transsexual* will bring up a whole string of transphobic and sensationalist examples of the way in which that tabloid has repeatedly, routinely and very deliberately and consistently published misinformative and derogatory reports and articles about trans people.

Similarly, the one and only Piers Morgan lost no time in taking to twitter to gleefully grandstand by expressing his 'shock' by labelling his arch rival, Clarkson, a "despicable racist", yet when Piers was called out for referring to his recent interviewee Janet Mock as a 'man' when she was in fact very clearly a woman who happened to be trans he seemed incredulous as to why so many people found this offensive.

It seems there are double standards here: why is it okay and 'just a bit o' banter' when somebody uses the t-word, but evil and "despicable" when someone uses the n-word? And isn't it just more than a little bit hypocritical when those very publications and individuals who lambast Clarkson's bigotry happen to be the self-same ones that lay into transsexuals and immigrants at a regulatory of 24/7?
The newspaper that initially brought up these allegations of Clarkson supposedly using the 'n-word', seems itself to nevertheless to use the 't-word' (i.e. "tranny") with impunity. Indeed, one will find the most cursory of 'googles' of *Mirror* and *Transsexual* will bring up a whole string of transphobic and sensationalist examples of the way in which that tabloid has repeatedly, routinely and very deliberately and consistently published misinformative and derogatory reports and articles about trans people. Similarly, the one and only Piers Morgan lost no time in taking to twitter to gleefully grandstand by expressing his 'shock' by labelling his arch rival, Clarkson, a "despicable racist", yet when Piers was called out for referring to his recent interviewee Janet Mock as a 'man' when she was in fact very clearly a woman who happened to be trans he seemed incredulous as to why so many people found this offensive. It seems there are double standards here: why is it okay and 'just a bit o' banter' when somebody uses the t-word, but evil and "despicable" when someone uses the n-word? And isn't it just more than a little bit hypocritical when those very publications and individuals who lambast Clarkson's bigotry happen to be the self-same ones that lay into transsexuals and immigrants at a regulatory of 24/7? Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 12

1:46pm Fri 2 May 14

welshmen says...

They'll call you racist for saying the "word" BLACK shortly, get a grip, stop listening to the Liberal lefties in the Media, they'll ban every thing with a colour in except white, Clarkson was wrong for mumbling the N word, but the sack no, fine him or make him give half is money to an African Charity, but at the same time Diane Abbott on twitter saying " white people love playing divide and rule" at that time she was the Shadow Minister for Public Health in a debate about the Steven Lawrence case again, she was threatened with the sack if she didn't apologise, she did apologise now lets put that to sleep same as Clarkson, he has apologised he made that n word mumble....Black and White unite, we have more threatening people in our Country that need sorting out for us to fall out over this..

See Question time last night, bumble bee interrupting the Ukip spokes person continually when she was putting the hand picked Liberal left audience right on the Question "are Ukip Racist"....which they are not....
They'll call you racist for saying the "word" BLACK shortly, get a grip, stop listening to the Liberal lefties in the Media, they'll ban every thing with a colour in except white, Clarkson was wrong for mumbling the N word, but the sack no, fine him or make him give half is money to an African Charity, but at the same time Diane Abbott on twitter saying " white people love playing divide and rule" at that time she was the Shadow Minister for Public Health in a debate about the Steven Lawrence case again, she was threatened with the sack if she didn't apologise, she did apologise now lets put that to sleep same as Clarkson, he has apologised he made that n word mumble....Black and White unite, we have more threatening people in our Country that need sorting out for us to fall out over this.. See Question time last night, bumble bee interrupting the Ukip spokes person continually when she was putting the hand picked Liberal left audience right on the Question "are Ukip Racist"....which they are not.... welshmen
  • Score: 11

2:49pm Fri 2 May 14

Griff boy says...

Mike Roland wrote:
What a self-righteous fool! Come on BBC, just get rid of him to save us from further embarrassment from his constant flow of socially unacceptable blunders.
Why should the BBC get rid of him? Because you don't like him? Because he is close to the mark in what he says? Well here is a tip, don't watch his programmes or read stories about him. There are plenty of people on TV I don't like but don't want them banned because I appreciate there may be others out there with a different view to mine and that is fine by me!

Personally I believe that if there were more Jeremy Clarksons out there the world be be a simpler and easier place to be.
[quote][p][bold]Mike Roland[/bold] wrote: What a self-righteous fool! Come on BBC, just get rid of him to save us from further embarrassment from his constant flow of socially unacceptable blunders.[/p][/quote]Why should the BBC get rid of him? Because you don't like him? Because he is close to the mark in what he says? Well here is a tip, don't watch his programmes or read stories about him. There are plenty of people on TV I don't like but don't want them banned because I appreciate there may be others out there with a different view to mine and that is fine by me! Personally I believe that if there were more Jeremy Clarksons out there the world be be a simpler and easier place to be. Griff boy
  • Score: 18

4:50pm Fri 2 May 14

theviking666 says...

How did the mirror suddenly get this clip, as it was recorded years ago, and who leaked it? Good old bbc
How did the mirror suddenly get this clip, as it was recorded years ago, and who leaked it? Good old bbc theviking666
  • Score: 13

6:07pm Fri 2 May 14

Limestonecowboy says...

This really is pathetic witch hunt springs to mind this ditti was sung in school at the same time of the golly *** jam jar logo - oh dear - staight to jail
This really is pathetic witch hunt springs to mind this ditti was sung in school at the same time of the golly *** jam jar logo - oh dear - staight to jail Limestonecowboy
  • Score: 11

7:40pm Fri 2 May 14

displayed says...

"Please be assured I did everything in my power to not use that word."

Wrong, he did everything he could do to repeat his little ditty, by recording 3 takes!
No one seems to be asking why he put his foot in his mouth (again) by deciding to use it for a motoring prog!
What's it got to do with cars,huh!

The guy's a social media disaster on legs!
"Please be assured I did everything in my power to not use that word." Wrong, he did everything he could do to repeat his little ditty, by recording 3 takes! No one seems to be asking why he put his foot in his mouth (again) by deciding to use it for a motoring prog! What's it got to do with cars,huh! The guy's a social media disaster on legs! displayed
  • Score: -14

7:43pm Fri 2 May 14

Realist UK says...

Someone at the Beeb retrieved this clip from the cutting room floor and sent it to the Mirror. That's how jealous left-wing politically correct morons operate. Remember Carole Thatcher?
Someone at the Beeb retrieved this clip from the cutting room floor and sent it to the Mirror. That's how jealous left-wing politically correct morons operate. Remember Carole Thatcher? Realist UK
  • Score: 10

10:09pm Fri 2 May 14

rover100rich says...

when katie said t word i thought it was this , taffy was a welshman taffy was a thief taffy came to our house and stole a leg of beef!
when katie said t word i thought it was this , taffy was a welshman taffy was a thief taffy came to our house and stole a leg of beef! rover100rich
  • Score: 2

11:17pm Fri 2 May 14

cymruamblyth says...

Griff boy wrote:
Mike Roland wrote:
What a self-righteous fool! Come on BBC, just get rid of him to save us from further embarrassment from his constant flow of socially unacceptable blunders.
Why should the BBC get rid of him? Because you don't like him? Because he is close to the mark in what he says? Well here is a tip, don't watch his programmes or read stories about him. There are plenty of people on TV I don't like but don't want them banned because I appreciate there may be others out there with a different view to mine and that is fine by me!

Personally I believe that if there were more Jeremy Clarksons out there the world be be a simpler and easier place to be.
I imagine Jeremy Clarkson being Prime Minister David Cameron friend and Neighbor. and for writing a column for The Sun, which is owned by News International has a lot to do with!

As I said before- probably 98% of the population think the Guardian worldview is a joke, but the leftie mind is so emotionally involved in its ideology that it cannot cope with dissent..

Judging by the 38 thumbs down he got nobody here likes him much!
[quote][p][bold]Griff boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mike Roland[/bold] wrote: What a self-righteous fool! Come on BBC, just get rid of him to save us from further embarrassment from his constant flow of socially unacceptable blunders.[/p][/quote]Why should the BBC get rid of him? Because you don't like him? Because he is close to the mark in what he says? Well here is a tip, don't watch his programmes or read stories about him. There are plenty of people on TV I don't like but don't want them banned because I appreciate there may be others out there with a different view to mine and that is fine by me! Personally I believe that if there were more Jeremy Clarksons out there the world be be a simpler and easier place to be.[/p][/quote]I imagine Jeremy Clarkson being Prime Minister David Cameron friend and Neighbor. and for writing a column for The Sun, which is owned by News International has a lot to do with! As I said before- probably 98% of the population think the Guardian worldview is a joke, but the leftie mind is so emotionally involved in its ideology that it cannot cope with dissent.. Judging by the 38 thumbs down he got nobody here likes him much! cymruamblyth
  • Score: 5

1:41am Sat 3 May 14

Howie' says...

welshmen wrote:
They'll call you racist for saying the "word" BLACK shortly, get a grip, stop listening to the Liberal lefties in the Media, they'll ban every thing with a colour in except white, Clarkson was wrong for mumbling the N word, but the sack no, fine him or make him give half is money to an African Charity, but at the same time Diane Abbott on twitter saying " white people love playing divide and rule" at that time she was the Shadow Minister for Public Health in a debate about the Steven Lawrence case again, she was threatened with the sack if she didn't apologise, she did apologise now lets put that to sleep same as Clarkson, he has apologised he made that n word mumble....Black and White unite, we have more threatening people in our Country that need sorting out for us to fall out over this..

See Question time last night, bumble bee interrupting the Ukip spokes person continually when she was putting the hand picked Liberal left audience right on the Question "are Ukip Racist"....which they are not....
If it walks like a Duck, quacks like a Duck...It's a Duck! When BNP and EDL members/ supporters are supporting UKIP it's because they consider it to be their political home and representative of their abhorrent racist views.
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: They'll call you racist for saying the "word" BLACK shortly, get a grip, stop listening to the Liberal lefties in the Media, they'll ban every thing with a colour in except white, Clarkson was wrong for mumbling the N word, but the sack no, fine him or make him give half is money to an African Charity, but at the same time Diane Abbott on twitter saying " white people love playing divide and rule" at that time she was the Shadow Minister for Public Health in a debate about the Steven Lawrence case again, she was threatened with the sack if she didn't apologise, she did apologise now lets put that to sleep same as Clarkson, he has apologised he made that n word mumble....Black and White unite, we have more threatening people in our Country that need sorting out for us to fall out over this.. See Question time last night, bumble bee interrupting the Ukip spokes person continually when she was putting the hand picked Liberal left audience right on the Question "are Ukip Racist"....which they are not....[/p][/quote]If it walks like a Duck, quacks like a Duck...It's a Duck! When BNP and EDL members/ supporters are supporting UKIP it's because they consider it to be their political home and representative of their abhorrent racist views. Howie'
  • Score: -5

8:25am Sat 3 May 14

Crossbenchtory says...

Have we really become so thin skinned in this country?

It is a harmless little children's rhyme, people, sung by me, my parents, my grandparents etc and my children.

A word, in and of its self, can not be offensive, it is the context in which a word is used which makes it offensive. For example, in New Zealand the words "coconut" and "fob" may be used as derogatory terms when referring to people of Pacific Island origin, should we ban these words? Should we sack tv chefs who use the word "coconut" in their cooking programmes or pillory anyone who owns a key "fob"?

And before the left start ranting that it's not the same thing I would suggest they do some research first. It is analogous as these words are deemed an awful lot more offensive (when used in that context), than the "n" word, by both Pacific Islanders and the general population of New Zealand. The "n" word, indeed, in New Zealand form part of a common greeting between friends, irrespective of race or colour, as in "what's up my n..."

It is a good job that being offended isn't a fatal affliction as it seems to me that in modern Britain there are so many people actively searching for something to be offended about it would be like a mass extinction if it were fatal.

Grow up people, George Orwell wrote 1984 & Animal Farm as warnings, NOT as a blueprint or manifesto.
Have we really become so thin skinned in this country? It is a harmless little children's rhyme, people, sung by me, my parents, my grandparents etc and my children. A word, in and of its self, can not be offensive, it is the context in which a word is used which makes it offensive. For example, in New Zealand the words "coconut" and "fob" may be used as derogatory terms when referring to people of Pacific Island origin, should we ban these words? Should we sack tv chefs who use the word "coconut" in their cooking programmes or pillory anyone who owns a key "fob"? And before the left start ranting that it's not the same thing I would suggest they do some research first. It is analogous as these words are deemed an awful lot more offensive (when used in that context), than the "n" word, by both Pacific Islanders and the general population of New Zealand. The "n" word, indeed, in New Zealand form part of a common greeting between friends, irrespective of race or colour, as in "what's up my n..." It is a good job that being offended isn't a fatal affliction as it seems to me that in modern Britain there are so many people actively searching for something to be offended about it would be like a mass extinction if it were fatal. Grow up people, George Orwell wrote 1984 & Animal Farm as warnings, NOT as a blueprint or manifesto. Crossbenchtory
  • Score: 7

8:27am Sat 3 May 14

Llanmartinangel says...

Realist UK wrote:
Someone at the Beeb retrieved this clip from the cutting room floor and sent it to the Mirror. That's how jealous left-wing politically correct morons operate. Remember Carole Thatcher?
Correct. So if anyone was intent on causing offence it was that, so far nameless, pillock without whose action we'd all never have heard it. Now the professionally offended-at-everythi
ng crew (like Harriet Harman) can look pleadingly into the camera whilst trying to convince us all of their politically correct credentials.
[quote][p][bold]Realist UK[/bold] wrote: Someone at the Beeb retrieved this clip from the cutting room floor and sent it to the Mirror. That's how jealous left-wing politically correct morons operate. Remember Carole Thatcher?[/p][/quote]Correct. So if anyone was intent on causing offence it was that, so far nameless, pillock without whose action we'd all never have heard it. Now the professionally offended-at-everythi ng crew (like Harriet Harman) can look pleadingly into the camera whilst trying to convince us all of their politically correct credentials. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 6

9:37am Sat 3 May 14

Llanmartinangel says...

Crossbenchtory wrote:
Have we really become so thin skinned in this country?

It is a harmless little children's rhyme, people, sung by me, my parents, my grandparents etc and my children.

A word, in and of its self, can not be offensive, it is the context in which a word is used which makes it offensive. For example, in New Zealand the words "coconut" and "fob" may be used as derogatory terms when referring to people of Pacific Island origin, should we ban these words? Should we sack tv chefs who use the word "coconut" in their cooking programmes or pillory anyone who owns a key "fob"?

And before the left start ranting that it's not the same thing I would suggest they do some research first. It is analogous as these words are deemed an awful lot more offensive (when used in that context), than the "n" word, by both Pacific Islanders and the general population of New Zealand. The "n" word, indeed, in New Zealand form part of a common greeting between friends, irrespective of race or colour, as in "what's up my n..."

It is a good job that being offended isn't a fatal affliction as it seems to me that in modern Britain there are so many people actively searching for something to be offended about it would be like a mass extinction if it were fatal.

Grow up people, George Orwell wrote 1984 & Animal Farm as warnings, NOT as a blueprint or manifesto.
So true. And to further complicate matters, the 'n' word is still widely used in hip hop music. I've never understood either, why shortening some country names, slang-style, to denote nationality, is fine but not with others. Turkish people are 'Turks', I've been referred to as a 'Brit', (I survived perfectly well) but do the same thing with Pakistan and hell breaks loose. An American cop called me a 'Limey' on my last trip there. Should I call a Guardian reader first and then my lawyer or the other way around?
[quote][p][bold]Crossbenchtory[/bold] wrote: Have we really become so thin skinned in this country? It is a harmless little children's rhyme, people, sung by me, my parents, my grandparents etc and my children. A word, in and of its self, can not be offensive, it is the context in which a word is used which makes it offensive. For example, in New Zealand the words "coconut" and "fob" may be used as derogatory terms when referring to people of Pacific Island origin, should we ban these words? Should we sack tv chefs who use the word "coconut" in their cooking programmes or pillory anyone who owns a key "fob"? And before the left start ranting that it's not the same thing I would suggest they do some research first. It is analogous as these words are deemed an awful lot more offensive (when used in that context), than the "n" word, by both Pacific Islanders and the general population of New Zealand. The "n" word, indeed, in New Zealand form part of a common greeting between friends, irrespective of race or colour, as in "what's up my n..." It is a good job that being offended isn't a fatal affliction as it seems to me that in modern Britain there are so many people actively searching for something to be offended about it would be like a mass extinction if it were fatal. Grow up people, George Orwell wrote 1984 & Animal Farm as warnings, NOT as a blueprint or manifesto.[/p][/quote]So true. And to further complicate matters, the 'n' word is still widely used in hip hop music. I've never understood either, why shortening some country names, slang-style, to denote nationality, is fine but not with others. Turkish people are 'Turks', I've been referred to as a 'Brit', (I survived perfectly well) but do the same thing with Pakistan and hell breaks loose. An American cop called me a 'Limey' on my last trip there. Should I call a Guardian reader first and then my lawyer or the other way around? Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 6

4:51pm Mon 5 May 14

Antiloquax2703 says...

The biggest problem I have here is with the aura which Clarkson exudes, that bullish, arrogant untouchable, bigoted fool who it would seem is bigger than all of us who pay our icence fee. There have been a number of similar fools who it appeared were in the same category. I just get the feeling that his time for a fall from grace will come.
The biggest problem I have here is with the aura which Clarkson exudes, that bullish, arrogant untouchable, bigoted fool who it would seem is bigger than all of us who pay our icence fee. There have been a number of similar fools who it appeared were in the same category. I just get the feeling that his time for a fall from grace will come. Antiloquax2703
  • Score: -2

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