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Don’t Blame Jeremy Clarkson For The Nigger Row: Top Gear Has No Black Faces To Control Him

by | 2nd, May 2014

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ONE of the three white, middle-age men who present Top Gear on the BBC says he is not a racist.

Jeremy Clarkson, for it is he, says:

 “I absolutely do not use that word. I use the C-word, the F-word but I don’t use the N-word. Never do.”

He adds:

“I’m sitting here begging your forgiveness.”

Clarkson was picking a car when he chanted: “Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, cath a nigger by the toe”

Only, she says he never said nigger. He only used the rest of the rhyme.

 

 

The Sun says that he used the rhyme repeatedly.

In one he substituted the word “teacher” for the N-word, in another he mumbled incomprehensibly and in the third he mumbled in a way that could be construed as using the N-word.

He tells the Sun’s Colin Robertson (ethnicity: white):

“I accept that people will hear that on the unaired footage and be offended. I wish to God that my attempts to cover up that word were better than they were. I was simply mumbling — saying “ner ner” or something similar, anything but the N-word. It was my mistake and I apologise for not covering it up. But if you look at the footage you can see what I’m trying to do.”

Adding:

“I didn’t use the N-word here but I’ve just listened through my headphones and it sounds like I did. Is there another take? Or can we come out after eenie, meenie, miny, mo.”

And on he digs:

“This is the worst I’ve ever felt. Usually when I’m accused of saying something, I have done it. It went on air and there was a row. On this occasion it was me making an effort not to offend. It is such a horrible word. I don’t use it.”

And digs:

“I was mortified, horrified. It is a word I loathe and I did everything in my power to make sure that that version did not appear in the programme. Please be assured I did everything in my power not to use that word. And as I’m sitting here, begging your forgiveness for that, obviously my efforts weren’t quite good enough. Thank you.”

God it’s hard not saying nigger on the telly. Each day, hundreds of BBC types battle with it. “Morning Nig… el,” they say to the black faces. “Did you see that Nig…ella on the box last night?” Can we get more diverse faces on Question Nig… ht?”

The Sun –  for which Clarkson writes; a paper edited by a middle-aged white guy turns to an expert in race relations and words steeped in meaning and persecution to help us make sense of the furore. It’s white, middle-aged man James May.

JEREMY Clarkson’s Top Gear co-star James May called him a “bellend” last night but insisted he was no racist.

The defence came as Clarkson was hauled in to see BBC Director-General Tony Hall amid fears he would be axed.

That’s the white, middle-aged Tony Hall.

But the BBC is a meritocracy. Just look at the board:

 

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No hint of a monoculture or tockenism, there.

Anyhow, Top Gear is very enlightened and in no way bigoted. In no way does it uphold bias. It is equal and representative of the country at large in all things.

According to the imdb *, the directors of Top Gea r are hereunder:

Brian Klein (156 episodes, 2002-2014)
Phil Churchward (107 episodes, 2005-2014)
Nigel Simpkiss (80 episodes, 2002-2014)
Richard Heeley (50 episodes, 2002-2005)
James Bryce (43 episodes, 2003-2012)
Andrew Fettis (26 episodes, 2003-2004)
Owen Trevor (26 episodes, 2008-2012)
Konrad Begg (18 episodes, 2011-2013)
Scott Weintrob (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
Ben Duncan (12 episodes, 2011-2013)
Chris Richards (10 episodes, 2010-2011)
Kit Lynch Robinson (10 episodes, 2013-2014)
Southan Morris (9 episodes, 2008-2014)
Ben Hume-Paton (7 episodes, 2004)
Edward Bazalgette (7 episodes, 2007)
Chris Hooke (6 episodes, 2002)
Simon Ludgate (5 episodes, 2002)
Michael Tuft (5 episodes, 2003)
Lee Ford (5 episodes, 2010)
Jon Richards (5 episodes, 2013-2014)
Ed Venner (4 episodes, 2006)
Iain May (4 episodes, 2007-2011)
Graham Sherrington (4 episodes, 2007)
Ben Southwell (3 episodes, 2003)
Dennis Jarvis (2 episodes, 2003)
Richard Thomson (2 episodes, 2003)
Rob Kaplan (2 episodes, 2005)
Gary Broadhurst (2 episodes, 2006)
Babak Zand Goodarzi (2 episodes, 2007)
Michael Massey (1 episode, 2002)
Michael Armitt (1 episode, 2003)
Gerry Pomeroy (1 episode, 2003)
James Wiseman (1 episode, 2005)
Lionel Mill (1 episode, 2007)
Hannah Springham (1 episode, 2008)
Benji Edwards (1 episode, 2012)

One woman. One Asian name. No Nig..els.

What about the presenters?

Richard Hammond
Jeremy Clarkson
James May

Ben Collins

Perry McCarthy
Jason Dawe
Andy Wilman

No Nig…els there, either.

How about the talent, guest drivers and the stars in that reasonably-priced car?

Jay Kay
Peter Jones
Brian Johnson
Anthony Reid
Matt Neal
Tom Chilton
Lewis Hamilton 
Rubens Barrichello
Jimmy Carr
Mark Webber
Simon Cowell
Jonathan Ross
Bill Bailey
Simon Pegg
Sienna Miller
Johnny Vaughan
Amy Williams
Steve Coogan
Chris Evans
Jay Leno
Ray Winstone
Mat Jackson
Gordon Shedden
Michael Gambon
Sabine Schmitz
Justin Hawkins
Theo Paphitis
David Coulthard
Kris Meeke
Ross Kemp
Jenson Button
John Bishop
Ryan Reynolds
Mick Fleetwood
Tom Cruise
Matt LeBlanc
Cameron Diaz
Al Murray
Nick Robinson
Louie Spence
Daniel Bodin
Peta Todd
Dan Lang
Tiff Needell
Stephen Fry
James Blunt
Michael Schumacher
Roger Daltrey
Brian Wheeler
Harry Enfield
Gordon Ramsay
Damon Hill
Jodie Kidd
Rob Brydon
Boris Johnson
Jamie Oliver
Alan Davies
Nick Mason
Trinny Woodall
Ranulph Fiennes
Nigel Mansell
Trevor Eve
Ellen MacArthur
Ewan McGregor
Hugh Grant
David Tennant
Ron Wood
Fiona Bruce
Mika Häkkinen
Ken Block
Christa Ackroyd
Dickie Bird
Martin Brundle
Harry Gration
Phil Oakey
Peter Stringfellow
John Manlove
Duncan Bannatyne
Deborah Meaden
Vic Armstrong

Roger Becker

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson
Rick Parfitt
Daniel Craig
Rich Hall
Carol Vorderman
Eddie Izzard
Patrick Kielty
Ronnie O’Sullivan
Katie Price
Christian Slater
Omid Djalili
Eric Bana
Usain Bolt
Michael McIntyre 100
Guy Ritchie
Michael Sheen
Danny Boyle
Alastair Campbell
Andy Garcia
Jeff Goldblum
Seasick Steve
Rowan Atkinson
Boris Becker
Alice Cooper
Nick Frost
Bob Geldof
Amber Heard
Ross Noble
John Prescott
Sebastian Vettel
Louis Walsh
Michael Fassbender
Guy Hamilton
Alex James
Slash
Matt Smith
Will i Am
Ron Howard
Hugh Jackman
Damian Lewis
Amy Macdonald
James McAvoy
Steven Tyler
Hugh Bonneville
Tom Hiddleston
Aaron Paul
Jack Whitehall
Luca Badoer
Steve Holland
Carla Bruni
Olivier Panis
Rupert Grint
Robbie Maddison
Kimi Räikkönen
Richard Briers
Charles Dance

Irving Milgrom
Pete Townshend
Madison Welch
Roger Moore
Eric Clapton
Warwick Davis
Joan Verger
Ola Rapace
David Haye
Bruce Willis
Zak Starkey
Michael G. Wilson
Paul O’Neill
Rachel Riley
Mike Rutherford
Dougie Lampkin
Joss Stone
Ben Ainslie
Timothy Shieff
Paul Joseph
Michael Blakey
Colin Baker
Chris Barrie
Sanjeev Bhaskar
Rory Bremner
A.A. Gill
Stuart Hall
Vinnie Jones
Martin Kemp
Graeme Le Saux
Neil Morrissey
Anne Robinson
David Soul
Patrick Stewart
Johnny Vegas
Murray Walker
Richard Whiteley
Billy Baxter
Martin Clunes
Susannah Constantine
Geri Halliwell
Tim Harvey
Rob Huff
Joanna Lumley
Paul McKenna
Cliff Richard
Lionel Richie
Fay Ripley
Junior Simpson
Henning Solberg
Denise Van Outen
Terry Wogan
Tim Wonnacott
Antony Worrall Thompson
Shirley Clarkson

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