Top Gear UK Demonstrate Negative Assumptions About Mexico/Mexicans
It's interesting to note that they compare Italian and German nationalities to what they joke are the characteristics of Mexicans. They avoid insulting Italians and Germans, instead focusing their British "wit" on constructing a negative representation of Mexicans and Mexico with their discourse.
Read more here: http://www.theguardian.com/media/2011/feb/01/top-gear-mexican-ambassador
From the Guardian article:
"Ambassador Eduardo Medina-Mora Icaza has demanded an apology after
Richard Hammond jokingly described Mexicans as "lazy, feckless,
flatulent [and] overweight" during an episode of the BBC2 show screened
His co-presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May went on to describe Mexican food as "refried sick".
who has repeatedly been criticised for making offensive comments on the
programme, said on Sunday's show there would be no complaints this time
because the Mexican ambassador would: "be sitting there with a remote
control like this,". The presenter pretended to slump in a chair,
The Mexican ambassador has written to the BBC, however, demanding that it order the presenters to make a public apology.
presenters of the programme resorted to outrageous, vulgar and
inexcusable insults to stir bigoted feelings against the Mexican people,
their culture as well as their official representative in the United
Kingdom," he wrote.
"These offensive, xenophobic and humiliating
remarks serve only to reinforce negative stereotypes and perpetuate
prejudice against Mexico and its people."
The Top Gear
hosts made the comments when they discussed a Mexican sports car, the
Mastretta. Hammond said: "Why would you want a Mexican car? Because cars
reflect national characteristics don't they?
"Mexican cars are
just going to be lazy, feckless, flatulent, overweight, leaning against a
fence asleep looking at a cactus with a blanket with a hole in the
middle on as a coat.""
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