Thursday 25 December 2014

'Top Gear' to be investigated in Clarkson racism furore

Hannah Furness in London

Published 07/05/2014 | 02:30

Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson who has said he is on his final warning following a racism row. PA
Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson who has said he is on his final warning following a racism row. PA

'TOP GEAR' is to be investigated by British broadcasting regulator Ofcom following accusations that the presenter Jeremy Clarkson used a racist term.

An episode of the BBC show on March 16 showed Clarkson using the word "slope", as an Asian man walked over a bridge in Burma.

The scene led to a complaint of "casual racism", with Clarkson accused of referring to "people of different races in pejorative terms". The accusation will now be investigated in full by the watchdog Ofcom, which will consider whether the broadcaster breached its codes.

The episode featured a scene where the presenters built a bridge over the River Kwai. 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 through lawyers, said the language was an example of "casual racism", and the programme "must be censured".

The investigation will be another blow to Clarkson after a difficult week, which has seen him accused of using the racist term "n*****" on camera.

He is understood to be on a "final warning" from the BBC, after meeting with senior executives. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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