Top Gear TV star Clarkson denies using 'n' word

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TOP Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has claimed he did not use racist language during filming.

The Daily Mirror reported he used the “n word” while reciting a version of the nursery rhyme “eeny, meeny, miny, moe”.

It was said to have been edited out when the episiode was aired on BBC 2.

Clarkson, who lives just outside Chipping Norton, tweeted yesterday morning: “I did not use the n word. Never use it. The Mirror has gone way too far this time.”

BBC spokeswoman Giovanna Clark said: “The Mirror didn’t approach us, clearly we’ll establish the facts before commenting.”

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11:08am Fri 2 May 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

We always used the Disneyesque version at school.

"Catch a Tigger by the toe."

Which always seemed so eminently sensible, as he was so terrbily bouncy it would be the only part of him you could reach up and try to catch.
We always used the Disneyesque version at school. "Catch a Tigger by the toe." Which always seemed so eminently sensible, as he was so terrbily bouncy it would be the only part of him you could reach up and try to catch. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 1

12:20pm Fri 2 May 14

King Joke says...

I'm very sad to say that the version with the 'n' word in it was in full currency when I was at school many decades ago. I do hope its use has died out since.
I'm very sad to say that the version with the 'n' word in it was in full currency when I was at school many decades ago. I do hope its use has died out since. King Joke
  • Score: 1

12:25pm Fri 2 May 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

It looks like the Jeremy Clarkson hate police are out to pull him down again. Reminds me of the time that The American Comedian Chris Rock said the same work repeatedly on stage as part of his act - and yes he is a coloured gentleman..
It looks like the Jeremy Clarkson hate police are out to pull him down again. Reminds me of the time that The American Comedian Chris Rock said the same work repeatedly on stage as part of his act - and yes he is a coloured gentleman.. yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: -1

12:38pm Fri 2 May 14

King Joke says...

Context is everything:
http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=vIsfjS5KL
CE

THe playground rhyme, about catching black people as if they were escaped animals, is revolting. Whether or not you 'hate' Clarkson', and I don't hate anybody as a person, you have to agree it is unacceptable.
Context is everything: http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=vIsfjS5KL CE THe playground rhyme, about catching black people as if they were escaped animals, is revolting. Whether or not you 'hate' Clarkson', and I don't hate anybody as a person, you have to agree it is unacceptable. King Joke
  • Score: -1

2:18pm Fri 2 May 14

online_reader says...

That was the rhyme when I was at school too, but we had no idea whatsoever that it meant anything, I actually think I thought the word was "nicker", but that didn't mean anything either, I thought it was just sounds, no context at all. Even now I wouldn't think much of it, apart from a general acceptance that the one word is offensive. Did you understand it at the time?
That was the rhyme when I was at school too, but we had no idea whatsoever that it meant anything, I actually think I thought the word was "nicker", but that didn't mean anything either, I thought it was just sounds, no context at all. Even now I wouldn't think much of it, apart from a general acceptance that the one word is offensive. Did you understand it at the time? online_reader
  • Score: 6

2:31pm Fri 2 May 14

King Joke says...

No I didn't, and funnily enough I thought it was 'nicker' too. We didn't really understand the offence caused by taking the mick out of 'Joey the spastic' either (http://en.wikipedia
.org/wiki/Joey_deaco
n) either. Both in retrospect are unacceptable.
No I didn't, and funnily enough I thought it was 'nicker' too. We didn't really understand the offence caused by taking the mick out of 'Joey the spastic' either (http://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/Joey_deaco n) either. Both in retrospect are unacceptable. King Joke
  • Score: 7

2:53pm Fri 2 May 14

online_reader says...

People were called 'joey' as an insult, but I had no idea why. If you asked what it meant you were told it was a baby kangaroo, so I was never any the wiser, although I've heard about it as an adult. Before that the word 'spastic' was just something you saw on those giant money boxes. It's why Scope changed their name I believe, however that is even more meaningless in my opinion. Sometimes I wonder whether they could have used the publicity to better effect rather than just thinking "well that's now a dirty word, let's rebrand and pretend it never existed" ... surely a known brand is worth something? Anyway, I digress.

All you can do is not use the terms yourself and explain that they aren't kind things to say if you hear your own child using them I suppose. Depends on the age of the child how much detail you give. Funny that neither of us even got the rhyme right though isn't it? I see Jason Manford thought it was "tiger"!
People were called 'joey' as an insult, but I had no idea why. If you asked what it meant you were told it was a baby kangaroo, so I was never any the wiser, although I've heard about it as an adult. Before that the word 'spastic' was just something you saw on those giant money boxes. It's why Scope changed their name I believe, however that is even more meaningless in my opinion. Sometimes I wonder whether they could have used the publicity to better effect rather than just thinking "well that's now a dirty word, let's rebrand and pretend it never existed" ... surely a known brand is worth something? Anyway, I digress. All you can do is not use the terms yourself and explain that they aren't kind things to say if you hear your own child using them I suppose. Depends on the age of the child how much detail you give. Funny that neither of us even got the rhyme right though isn't it? I see Jason Manford thought it was "tiger"! online_reader
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3:07pm Fri 2 May 14

livid99 says...

So, Clarkson has so far managed to offend Indians, Mexicans, Asians and now black people.
Perhaps he should stop trying to be a deliberately controversial prat and just present his TV programme.
Or better still, perhaps the BBC could do us all a favour and realise what an overpaid embarrassment he is and end his contract.
So, Clarkson has so far managed to offend Indians, Mexicans, Asians and now black people. Perhaps he should stop trying to be a deliberately controversial prat and just present his TV programme. Or better still, perhaps the BBC could do us all a favour and realise what an overpaid embarrassment he is and end his contract. livid99
  • Score: 0

3:15pm Fri 2 May 14

King Joke says...

I'd sooner have him in the tent p|ss|ng out, than outside the tent p|ss|ng in.

Can you imagine the offence he'd be allowed to cause if he were on ITV, C5 or Sky? Let's keep him where he is and hope he doesn't drop a massive bo||ock.
I'd sooner have him in the tent p|ss|ng out, than outside the tent p|ss|ng in. Can you imagine the offence he'd be allowed to cause if he were on ITV, C5 or Sky? Let's keep him where he is and hope he doesn't drop a massive bo||ock. King Joke
  • Score: -2

4:49pm Fri 2 May 14

online_reader says...

Yes, he said something unnecessary and objectionable but it's the Mirror that's caused the offence by broadcasting it. Clearly no-one at the BBC was going to. No-one's going to end his contract, Top Gear is one of the biggest selling shows worldwide, broadcast in 214 countries. Like it or not, Clarkson's bombastic faux pas are popular. There's no replacing him with Quentin Willson I'm afraid. Channel 5 and Sky's owners are far more objectionable in my opinion (I don't know much about ITV).
Yes, he said something unnecessary and objectionable but it's the Mirror that's caused the offence by broadcasting it. Clearly no-one at the BBC was going to. No-one's going to end his contract, Top Gear is one of the biggest selling shows worldwide, broadcast in 214 countries. Like it or not, Clarkson's bombastic faux pas are popular. There's no replacing him with Quentin Willson I'm afraid. Channel 5 and Sky's owners are far more objectionable in my opinion (I don't know much about ITV). online_reader
  • Score: 0

1:24pm Sat 3 May 14

King Joke says...

online_reader wrote:
Yes, he said something unnecessary and objectionable but it's the Mirror that's caused the offence by broadcasting it. Clearly no-one at the BBC was going to. No-one's going to end his contract, Top Gear is one of the biggest selling shows worldwide, broadcast in 214 countries. Like it or not, Clarkson's bombastic faux pas are popular. There's no replacing him with Quentin Willson I'm afraid. Channel 5 and Sky's owners are far more objectionable in my opinion (I don't know much about ITV).
Yes they are, which is why they would be happy to allow him to let rip.

I have now seen the clip - he glosses over every word in the rhyme except the racist one! He really does seem to try his hardest to be nasty.
[quote][p][bold]online_reader[/bold] wrote: Yes, he said something unnecessary and objectionable but it's the Mirror that's caused the offence by broadcasting it. Clearly no-one at the BBC was going to. No-one's going to end his contract, Top Gear is one of the biggest selling shows worldwide, broadcast in 214 countries. Like it or not, Clarkson's bombastic faux pas are popular. There's no replacing him with Quentin Willson I'm afraid. Channel 5 and Sky's owners are far more objectionable in my opinion (I don't know much about ITV).[/p][/quote]Yes they are, which is why they would be happy to allow him to let rip. I have now seen the clip - he glosses over every word in the rhyme except the racist one! He really does seem to try his hardest to be nasty. King Joke
  • Score: 0

12:13pm Mon 5 May 14

Bon Rurgundy says...

yabbadabbadoo256 wrote:
It looks like the Jeremy Clarkson hate police are out to pull him down again. Reminds me of the time that The American Comedian Chris Rock said the same work repeatedly on stage as part of his act - and yes he is a coloured gentleman..
Coloured? I think you'll find he's black.
[quote][p][bold]yabbadabbadoo256[/bold] wrote: It looks like the Jeremy Clarkson hate police are out to pull him down again. Reminds me of the time that The American Comedian Chris Rock said the same work repeatedly on stage as part of his act - and yes he is a coloured gentleman..[/p][/quote]Coloured? I think you'll find he's black. Bon Rurgundy
  • Score: 6

5:27pm Tue 6 May 14

The New Private Eye says...

King Joke wrote:
I'm very sad to say that the version with the 'n' word in it was in full currency when I was at school many decades ago. I do hope its use has died out since.
Why, it is not racist. You need to wake up and smell the coffee. All that people like you are doing is to inflame racial tension, and keep the real anti-white racists in their highly paid NGO jobs who justify their positions with stupid accusations like this. My best friend is Black (British born with Barbadian parents) and even he will tell N jokes and can't believe white people taking offence at jokes and TV shows when he does not. We watched the Top Gear episode together and laughed our heads off. By the way we watch Love Thy Neighbour together as well and have a great laugh. When there is so much wrong in the world why are you so upset at a silly nursery rhyme. I would be more worried about The Muslims taking away 200+ school girls from their families to be raped and used as objects of sexual gratification. That is a real racist crime.
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: I'm very sad to say that the version with the 'n' word in it was in full currency when I was at school many decades ago. I do hope its use has died out since.[/p][/quote]Why, it is not racist. You need to wake up and smell the coffee. All that people like you are doing is to inflame racial tension, and keep the real anti-white racists in their highly paid NGO jobs who justify their positions with stupid accusations like this. My best friend is Black (British born with Barbadian parents) and even he will tell N jokes and can't believe white people taking offence at jokes and TV shows when he does not. We watched the Top Gear episode together and laughed our heads off. By the way we watch Love Thy Neighbour together as well and have a great laugh. When there is so much wrong in the world why are you so upset at a silly nursery rhyme. I would be more worried about The Muslims taking away 200+ school girls from their families to be raped and used as objects of sexual gratification. That is a real racist crime. The New Private Eye
  • Score: 3

8:51pm Tue 6 May 14

King Joke says...

It sounds pretty racist to me - 'Catch a n**ger by his toe', as if black people are being hunted down. It's a personal choice what you and your mates find funny.

I'm shocked to read about the 'anti-white racists in NGO jobs' you've found out about. Like most right-thinking people I am appalled to learn that racists have infiltrated large organisations. Can you please name a couple of them, along with the steps they have taken to exclude white people from employment, education and fair treatment in law, or in what other ways white people are suffering disadvantage at their hand? We have to know so we can report them and do something about it.
It sounds pretty racist to me - 'Catch a n**ger by his toe', as if black people are being hunted down. It's a personal choice what you and your mates find funny. I'm shocked to read about the 'anti-white racists in NGO jobs' you've found out about. Like most right-thinking people I am appalled to learn that racists have infiltrated large organisations. Can you please name a couple of them, along with the steps they have taken to exclude white people from employment, education and fair treatment in law, or in what other ways white people are suffering disadvantage at their hand? We have to know so we can report them and do something about it. King Joke
  • Score: 0

10:43pm Tue 6 May 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

If J.C. is so offensive, why is top gear watched by 350 million people, in 170 countries?
Black people refer to themselves as N****** all the time, listen to any (C)rap song, the word is used extensively, Eminem uses the word extensively too, and he's white........does that make him a racist?
I've seen the clip, and yes when he mumbles, it could possibly sound like n*****, but after all this fiasco, anybody that's heard about the fuss, is going to expect it to sound like that, it's how the brain works.
The clip was broadcast a few years ago, if it had caused offence, the BBC would've been inundated with complaints at the time.
The are some slimy guttersnipes that are jealous of J.C.'s success, after all, he started of as a journalist for a local rag in Doncaster, now he's worth upwards of £30million.
It's a well known fact that Group Captain Guy Gibson had a black Labrador called n******.
It's only because somebody, somewhere, decided the word was racist, that it's now accepted as being racist, maybe the same person that changed all the rules meaning children no longer respect their parents, teachers,police, or anybody other than themselves really.
People from all walks of life, all over the world, will be offended by something when it suits them.
Personally I'm offended by all the black people who insist on being out in public with their arses hanging out for all the world to see, far more offensive than a mumbled word.
If J.C. is so offensive, why is top gear watched by 350 million people, in 170 countries? Black people refer to themselves as N****** all the time, listen to any (C)rap song, the word is used extensively, Eminem uses the word extensively too, and he's white........does that make him a racist? I've seen the clip, and yes when he mumbles, it could possibly sound like n*****, but after all this fiasco, anybody that's heard about the fuss, is going to expect it to sound like that, it's how the brain works. The clip was broadcast a few years ago, if it had caused offence, the BBC would've been inundated with complaints at the time. The are some slimy guttersnipes that are jealous of J.C.'s success, after all, he started of as a journalist for a local rag in Doncaster, now he's worth upwards of £30million. It's a well known fact that Group Captain Guy Gibson had a black Labrador called n******. It's only because somebody, somewhere, decided the word was racist, that it's now accepted as being racist, maybe the same person that changed all the rules meaning children no longer respect their parents, teachers,police, or anybody other than themselves really. People from all walks of life, all over the world, will be offended by something when it suits them. Personally I'm offended by all the black people who insist on being out in public with their arses hanging out for all the world to see, far more offensive than a mumbled word. Dilligaf2010
  • Score: -2

8:00am Wed 7 May 14

King Joke says...

Plenty of white people do this as well!

No-one is denying JC's success, but I am puzzled by suggestion that successful people are automatically good people. THere are plenty of examples of the opposite being the case!

As for whether 'n**ger' is racist, I refer to my earlier link about context.

As for Guy Gibson, he lived at a time when racial superiority was a given assumption, thank goodness we've moved on.
Plenty of white people do this as well! No-one is denying JC's success, but I am puzzled by suggestion that successful people are automatically good people. THere are plenty of examples of the opposite being the case! As for whether 'n**ger' is racist, I refer to my earlier link about context. As for Guy Gibson, he lived at a time when racial superiority was a given assumption, thank goodness we've moved on. King Joke
  • Score: 2

12:59pm Wed 7 May 14

olafpalme says...

yabbadabbadoo256 wrote:
It looks like the Jeremy Clarkson hate police are out to pull him down again. Reminds me of the time that The American Comedian Chris Rock said the same work repeatedly on stage as part of his act - and yes he is a coloured gentleman..
Actually, Chris Rock answers the question quite well rather than just `using' the word. Clarkson did not meet the criteria I'm afraid.:

http://youtu.be/63M3
4s8afbo

or Google
" chris rock The one time white ppl can say Youtube "

Not safe for work etc.
[quote][p][bold]yabbadabbadoo256[/bold] wrote: It looks like the Jeremy Clarkson hate police are out to pull him down again. Reminds me of the time that The American Comedian Chris Rock said the same work repeatedly on stage as part of his act - and yes he is a coloured gentleman..[/p][/quote]Actually, Chris Rock answers the question quite well rather than just `using' the word. Clarkson did not meet the criteria I'm afraid.: http://youtu.be/63M3 4s8afbo or Google " chris rock The one time white ppl can say Youtube " Not safe for work etc. olafpalme
  • Score: -1

2:36pm Thu 8 May 14

locodogz says...

The New Private Eye wrote:
King Joke wrote:
I'm very sad to say that the version with the 'n' word in it was in full currency when I was at school many decades ago. I do hope its use has died out since.
Why, it is not racist. You need to wake up and smell the coffee. All that people like you are doing is to inflame racial tension, and keep the real anti-white racists in their highly paid NGO jobs who justify their positions with stupid accusations like this. My best friend is Black (British born with Barbadian parents) and even he will tell N jokes and can't believe white people taking offence at jokes and TV shows when he does not. We watched the Top Gear episode together and laughed our heads off. By the way we watch Love Thy Neighbour together as well and have a great laugh. When there is so much wrong in the world why are you so upset at a silly nursery rhyme. I would be more worried about The Muslims taking away 200+ school girls from their families to be raped and used as objects of sexual gratification. That is a real racist crime.
Ah I can picture the scene, you and your (imaginary) BBF cozying down to take in a few episodes of Till Death Do Us Part, grandchildren (of all colours) sat at your knee, a roaring log fire, probably wryly chuckling at news items on racial driven violence....some people cant take a joke eh?

BTW Racist crime tends to imply that the victims are selected on the basis of their race (the clue is in the term 'racist'). Can't see any evidence of that in the (terrible) events in Nigeria, where the victims seem to have been selected on the basis of a 'cultural' divide ie their perceived crime in pursuing a 'western education'.

Try reading a newspaper some time.
[quote][p][bold]The New Private Eye[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: I'm very sad to say that the version with the 'n' word in it was in full currency when I was at school many decades ago. I do hope its use has died out since.[/p][/quote]Why, it is not racist. You need to wake up and smell the coffee. All that people like you are doing is to inflame racial tension, and keep the real anti-white racists in their highly paid NGO jobs who justify their positions with stupid accusations like this. My best friend is Black (British born with Barbadian parents) and even he will tell N jokes and can't believe white people taking offence at jokes and TV shows when he does not. We watched the Top Gear episode together and laughed our heads off. By the way we watch Love Thy Neighbour together as well and have a great laugh. When there is so much wrong in the world why are you so upset at a silly nursery rhyme. I would be more worried about The Muslims taking away 200+ school girls from their families to be raped and used as objects of sexual gratification. That is a real racist crime.[/p][/quote]Ah I can picture the scene, you and your (imaginary) BBF cozying down to take in a few episodes of Till Death Do Us Part, grandchildren (of all colours) sat at your knee, a roaring log fire, probably wryly chuckling at news items on racial driven violence....some people cant take a joke eh? BTW Racist crime tends to imply that the victims are selected on the basis of their race (the clue is in the term 'racist'). Can't see any evidence of that in the (terrible) events in Nigeria, where the victims seem to have been selected on the basis of a 'cultural' divide ie their perceived crime in pursuing a 'western education'. Try reading a newspaper some time. locodogz
  • Score: 0

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