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Jeremy Clarkson, the EDL and a liberal anti-racist Daily Star

by | 8th, January 2012

JEREMY Clarkson is in a “NEW RACE ROW” says the Daily Star , the paper that until recently supported the English Defence League and warned us of Muslim only toilets in Rochdale. Has Top Gear presenter Clarkson been not racist enough?

GOBBY Jeremy Clarkson stormed into another race row last night after making fun of drowned Chinese cockle pickers.

Is that racist of just offensive? John Ward adds:

And his latest outburst came after the Daily Star Sunday discovered he had posed for a snap with the leader of the racist English Defence League.

Is that the same EDL the Daily Star said 99% of its readers would pick at the ballot box?

The 51-year-old was slammed after joking about dead Chinese immigrants in his regular newspaper column. He tastelessly compared synchronised swimmers to the 21 cockle pickers who were killed in rising tides in Morecambe Bay, Lancashire, in 2004.

What he said was that synchronised swimming was:

“Chinese women in hats, upside down, in a bit of water. You can see that sort of thing on Morecambe Beach. For free.”

So says Jeremy Clarkson in the Sun the same Jeremy Clarkson who said on BBC primetime telly that striking public sector workers should be shot .

You can read a lot more extreme views than that devoid of any humour all over the internet and especially on twitter , which seems to thrive on vitriolic hate . But Clarkson gets invited to say his views to the mainstream, and at time when his fans will chortle and his enemies wail with calculated outrage.

The Star quotes Matt Collins, from Hope Not Hate, the anti-racist group that said :

We believe that the Daily Star regularly oversteps the boundaries of responsibility in reporting issues relating to Muslims and in doing so increases the mistrust and fear of people towards them. This helps to create a dangerous backlash among non-Muslims which in turn feeds groups such as the EDL and the British National Party.

Collins now tells the reformed and re-educated Star :

“Why does Jeremy Clarkson constantly have to be so tasteless and offensive?”

Because it pays for his petrol and it’s his job to say things in a loud voice?


“He has no right to offend communities in this country who live and work here and provide more to Britain than he does.”

He has every right. It’s free speech, the thing Clarkson pretends to champion he once held a super-injunction that prevented his ex-wife talking in public about their time together. And maybe the Chinese community can speak for itself. One good thing about Clarkson’s job of being offensive to a deadline is that it keeps the professionally right-minded busy.

Collins’ words echo those of the Unison leader who stood up for the working man by calling for Clarkson to be sacked.

The Star adds:

The latest outrage came as a picture of Clarkson and far-right English Defence League head Stephen Lennon emerged. Lennon, also known as Tommy Robinson, claims he talked about Islam with Clarkson.

Before we go on, does anything Clarkson said anything even mildly controversial about Islam on camera, even if any criticism would chime with Daily Star readers? The Daily Star once wrote:

“…yesterday’s Daily Star poll found 98% of readers fear that Britain is becoming a Muslim state.”

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