Jeremy Clarkson 'offensive' remarks on Top Gear breach BBC guidelines
Jeremy Clarkson breached BBC guidelines when he likened a Japanese car to people with growths on their faces on Top Gear.
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Jeremy Clarkson was ruled to have breached BBC guideline with his remarks about a car on Top Gear (Picture: PA)
According to the BBC Trust's Editorial Standards Committee (ESC), the controversial presenter 'strayed into an offensive stereotypical assumption' when he made the comments.
He said the vehicle was similar to a person who had 'a growth on their face', adding that it was 'not a car that you could talk to at a party unless you were looking at something else'.
The committee accepted that many viewers of the show are happy with the presenters' forthright views but deemed that on this occasion, Clarkson 'played on a stereotypically negative reaction to facial disfigurement'.
In its report, the ESC ruled Clarkson was 'in breach of the guidelines on harm and offence'.
This, it said, was because they 'were not editorially justified and did not meet generally accepted standards in the context of their portrayal of a disability'.
It's not the first time Clarkson has courted controversy, labelling people who commit suicide by throwing themselves underneath trains as 'selfish'.
He was also forced to apologise for saying that striking workers ought to be shot in front of their families.
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