BBC rapped over latest Top Gear 'racial' slur

Jul 28 2014, 21:37 IST
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SummaryBritain's broadcasting watchdog criticised the BBC today after Jeremy Clarkson...

Britain's broadcasting watchdog criticised the BBC today after Jeremy Clarkson, presenter of motoring programme Top Gear, used an "offensive racial term" in an episode on Myanmar.

Regulator Ofcom said that Clarkson's use of the word "slope", as slang for a person of Asian origin, was potentially offensive and that the BBC had failed in its duty to viewers by broadcasting it.

The ruling comes just three months after Clarkson was forced to apologise over footage in which he appeared to use another racist term as part of an old nursery rhyme during filming of Top Gear.

The show has previously got into hot water over its depictions of Mexicans, Albanians, Romanians and Germans.

The latest incident involved a two-part special on Myanmar, also known as Burma, featuring Clarkson and co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May crossing the country in trucks to build a makeshift bridge over the River Kwai.

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