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Jeremy Clarkson 'begs forgiveness' over N-word footage

 

Top Gear presenter says his efforts to obscure word while reciting eeny meeny miny moe 'weren't quite good enough'

 

Jeremy Clarkson has begged viewers' forgiveness after he appeared to use the N-word during filming of his BBC programme Top Gear.

 

In a video statement posted online on Thursday, he said that he had tried to obscure the word when reciting the "eeny, meeny, miny, moe" nursery rhyme to chose between two cars, but that his efforts to do so "weren't quite good enough".

 

Clarkson had previously issued a robust denial of the allegation, telling his 3.2 million Twitter followers: "I did not use the N-word. Never use it. The Mirror has gone way too far this time."

 

But footage of the incident was later posted on The Daily Mirror website. In it Clarkson recites the beginning of the children's nursery rhyme "eeny, meeny, miny, moe" before apparently mumbling: "Catch a ###### by his toe."

 

His apology came after a day of growing calls for the BBC to sack him. The corporation issued a strongly worded statement saying: "Jeremy Clarkson has set out the background to this regrettable episode. We have made it absolutely clear to him, the standards the BBC expects on air and off. We have left him in no doubt about how seriously we view this.".

 

Downing Street condemned any use of the word, saying that David Cameron

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don't rappers use the N word all the time?

 

what's the big fuss, unless someones going to print headline's on todays news papers of puff daddy singing one of his songs........?

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It was a common counting rhyme. The Mirror sounds like a trashy news outlet or it must have been a very slow news month.

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Oh come on - by the sounds of the headline it was as though Jeremy had yelled it at someone. Honestly, can we have public floggings for editors of rags who stir up things where there is nothing to stir up?

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I don't like the man hugely, I think he's a shill for ######, a daddy's-ideologist and a fairly awful motoring journo, but this is BS - 'guilty' of not saying something?!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlQjdUWqBLE

 

There are many agendas in this country regarding BBC v. dead-tree media interests.


... shill for ######,

 

ROFL!

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Oh come on - by the sounds of the headline it was as though Jeremy had yelled it at someone. Honestly, can we have public floggings for editors of rags who stir up things where there is nothing to stir up?

Yeah, a lot of noise over nothing. You can't even hear it in the video posted above me.

 

For the lazy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlQjdUWqBLE

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It's quite popular to hate Jeremy Clarkson for what he says so this isn't really anything new. It will all go away soon enough.

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Ive just watched the video above and if that upsets someone then wishing someone good morning will. Get a life.

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Piers Morgan is a spiteful human being. Comparing Jeremy Clarkson, who listened to the unaired show and actively requested a retake because it sounded racist, and then went and reshot it, to Ron Atkinson who called someone a "Lazy N***" live on air is dishonest, to say the least. Anybody calling for him to be sacked over this is a tool. I'm not Clarkson's biggest fan - him being painfully arrogant even though I do think he is hilarious - but he basically did his job, corrected a mistake before broadcasting, and now people want him burnt at the stake. Crazy. Some people just love to jump on the 'racism' bandwagon. People love being a victim, and having someone to complain about.

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don't rappers use the N word all the time?

 

what's the big fuss, unless someones going to print headline's on todays news papers of puff daddy singing one of his songs........?

 

as far as I aware some british tabloids have it in for him

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The article said there were a lot of calls, asking for Clarkson's sacking.

I would so love to talk to the kind of people who would call and lodge a complaint over something like that.  What person has so little to do that they get bent out of shape over mumbling.


If it were in the US, there would already be protests, 90% of Top Gear's sponsors would disappear, Jesse Jackson & Al Sharpton would be holding press conferences.

If hate were people, I'd be China


When is the last time anyone even got a slap on the wrist for saying "cracker" ?

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Well then. Who's going to replace Clarkson as Top Gear host?

 

Nobody. Clarkson literally owns the show. Without him, there is no Top Gear.

 

This is all just a witch hunt anyway.. Seriously? People getting upset over a deliberately mumbled word that was NEVER AIRED but, in fact, left on the cutting room floor?

 

Sheesh...

 

Besides which, Top Gear thrives on controversy.. The Beeb love it.

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Jeremy Clarkson exposed as a racist? Quelle surprise. The thing is, I think he just does stuff like this for attention to see how much he can get away with.

 

I used to like Top Gear but I just can't stand how fake it has become. Clarkson has become more and more of a caricature, as have his co-hosts.

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It sounds like he mumbles a word sounding like it because he doesn't want to say it himself. :laugh:

Of course this is Clarkson so the papers are having a field day. The Mirror yesterday was hilarious. They went OTT on it. They hired audio analysts!

 

Clarkson comes across as a lot of things but not a racist. He just speaks his mind.

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I think, unfortunately, there are so many individuals (and groups) who hate Clarkson so much they'll leap on ANYTHING he does an excuse to try and nail him to the wall. 

 

I mean how this video even leaked out is beyond me and I'm sure he'd be interested to know. And I do feel that this will just blow over soon enough. Doesn't surprise me in the slightest that it was The Mirror that ran the story, and of course his old enemy Piers Morgan is the former editor of that paper. Clearly he's still pulling some strings. 

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don't rappers use the N word all the time?

 

what's the big fuss, unless someones going to print headline's on todays news papers of puff daddy singing one of his songs........?

 

What rappers are employed by the BBC, tax payer money, use the N word, again? None. So the comparision in invalid.

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Clarkson being Clarkson, S*** British tabloids being S**** British tabloids. Nothing to see here.

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What rappers are employed by the BBC, tax payer money, use the N word, again? None. So the comparision in invalid.

 

How does that make a difference on whether racism is acceptable or not?

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It was a common counting rhyme. The Mirror sounds like a trashy news outlet or it must have been a very slow news month.

 

Very trashy, along with the Daily Mail. I always avoid reading them, just not worth killing brain cells over.

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It was a common counting rhyme. The Mirror sounds like a trashy news outlet or it must have been a very slow news month.

 

it's a "red top", they're all full of tish.

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Oh come on if they are going to complain about this then they should complain and ban any rap song ever made.

 

In fairness when Clarkson wants to be racist he just comes out and says it anyway... although I don't think he is ACTUALLY racist but does lampoon political correctness at every opportunity

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How does that make a difference on whether racism is acceptable or not?

 

It doesn't. I was merely pointing out that Clarkson works works for a public owned entity, while rappers do not. There is a higher standard.

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It was a common counting rhyme. The Mirror sounds like a trashy news outlet or it must have been a very slow news month.

 

So racial slurs are okay as long as they are in a common counting rhyme? Okay, gotcha. (Y)

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No, sir. The standard of public conduct ought to be the same for everyone. That is the true problem here - some men are more equal than others. Either we allow the word and don't make a fuss about it ever again (and I'm on this side, because racists will be racists regardless of their choice of words), or we don't. No exceptions.

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don't rappers use the N word all the time?

 

what's the big fuss, unless someones going to print headline's on todays news papers of puff daddy singing one of his songs........?

 

Oh you know how it goes in today's society. Something is only racist if a white man says it.

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