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BRITISH TV HOST CENSURED AGAIN FOR RACIAL REMARK

July 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

British TV personality Jeremy Clarkson, host of the automobile-centric Top Gear series, has been taken to task, along with the BBC, for "deliberately" using a racist term during a special on Burma (also known as Myanmar) in March. As part of the program, Clarkson and co-hosts Richard Hammon and James May were challenged to build a bridge over the River Kwai in Thailand. When it was completed, they stood aside to watch a Thai man cross over the river on it. "That is a proud moment," Clarkson remarked, "but there’s a slope on it." Replied Hammon: "You’re right, it’s definitely higher on that side." Today (Monday), the British TV regulator Ofcom ruled that Clarkson intended to use the word "slope" as a double entendre to refer both to the pitch of the bridge and to the man walking over it. (His remarks has been scripted in advance." Producers of the show had said that they were unaware that the word "slope" was used a racial pejorative to describe Asians. Executive producer Andy Wilmen had apologized saying, "If we had known that at the time we would not have broadcast the word in this context and regret any offense caused."