Lawyers Trying to Ban BBC's 'Top Gear' In U.S., And Everywhere Else
After a few days of controversy between the internet and Jeremy Clarkson, a group of lawyers has reportedly made an attempt to block the beloved motoring show Top Gear from U.S. viewers. This news comes according to Variety. During a filming of a segment, Clarkson made a tongue-in-cheek reference to the nursery rhyme “eeny, meeny, miny, mo” in which he allegedly used the n-word. The footage was never aired, but somehow made its way onto the Daily Mirror website and has been the source of ire for Jeremy Clarkson as of late. RELATED: The Noble M600 Track Test - Top Gear [Video]
A firm of lawyers that call themselves Equal Justice, is apparently trying to make an appeal to a number of government leaders, including President Barack Obama, to block the show from airing on U.S. television, and more than 200 other countries.
This is the same firm, you may remember, that represented Indian-born actress Somi Guha who filed a complaint against the BBC over Clarkson’s use of the word “slope,” and Iris de la Torre over a racial slur used during an episode surrounding Mexican vehicles.
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Director of Equal Justice, Lawrence Davies, said that “Clarkson claimed he ‘did everything in my power to make sure that that version did not appear in the program that was transmitted’ … The obvious thing that any non-racist would have done is to not use the rhyme at all or failing that to simply substitute another word such as ‘tiger’ in the take.”
Whether this lawsuit will go into fruition has yet to be seen. But is this a legitimate case? Or does Equal Justice have a personal vendetta against Clarkson? We choose the latter.
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