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Jeremy Clarkson offends elephant charity

by | 10th, February 2012

GUESS what? Go on. Guess. Yep, that’s right, Jeremy Clarkson has gone and said something offensive that has offended people looking to be offended.

Clarkson said on Top Gar that a Japanese car/camper van hybrid was likepeople with growths on their faces”. He then did schoolboy impression of the Elephant Man, or any other spazmo, or Jeremy Clarkson waking up.

“You know sometimes you meet someone and they have got a growth on their face and it is bigger than their face … one of those really ugly things.”

Pro lickspittle and Top Gear co-presenter Richard Hammond took his cue and called the vehicle the elephant car.

That in turn is the trigger for a charity called Changing Faces to complain to Ofcom and the BBC. Changing Faces’ chief executive James Partridge, dashes to the phones and says:

“Mocking people with a disfigurement, a facial growth in this case, is irresponsible and extremely offensive. People with disfigurements experience discrimination and bullying which occasionally includes violence. Phrases like ‘Elephant Man’ are among those that are used to humiliate people. Jeremy Clarkson’s comments create a culture of ridicule and bullying against people who are ill, disabled or have unusual features.”

Changing Faces will then write Clarkson a thank you letter, adding to his fat inbox full of invites from charities urging him to make a joke about their vested interst and thus promote their cause. One day thy’ll knight the great self-promoter for his services to charities and good causes…

Posted: 10th, February 2012 | In: Celebrities Comments (4) | TrackBack | Permalink