Top Gear's 'American Special'

Monday, February 12, 2007

Last night, the BBC's television programme, Top Gear aired their 'American special'. During the show the presenters went on a moronic road trip from Florida to New Orleans. Along the way, they found a way to insult the entire nation by blatantly saying that we're all fat and stupid. They then went on to depict us to be Red neck, bible banging, gun-toting murders.
On this road trip, they stopped in a small town in the deep-south and wrote (in very bright large lettering) inflammatory things on the each other's cars to see who can get the other 'shot' by the locals. The end result was getting chased away and pelted with stones by shirtless men driving in the back of a pickup - What happened may not have happened if not for the fact that they were foreigners clearly trying to upset the people who lived there by being as disrespectful as possible (click the link to see a clip of this on YouTube) . I may have tried to stone them too if I was there to witness such an act of racist contempt from visitors to our country.
The worst act of insolence was when they tried to depict themselves as being 'charitable' by donating a car to one of the victims of hurricane Katrina. Earlier in the show, they strapped the dead body of a large cow to the roof of the car (as a part of a challenge they had to perform). It was in very bad taste and horrible to watch. After they taped that part of the show, they had to remove the passenger seat of the car because of the odor from the carcass, which they referred to as 'cow juice'. I couldn't believe it when they donated that car to someone who lost everything in such a tragic disaster. It was deplorable.
I think what bothered me most about this hour long show, was the fact that it's not racism in this country to make a show like this about America. It's just funny to the British Public. It's funny because it's how they view us here so they all get the joke and the BBC can play this unbelievable racist programme without worrying about repercussion. Could they go into Ireland and make such a film? Could they do it in Scotland or make a film like that calling any other nationality 'stupid'? Probably not - But why not Americans? Why? Because the popular belief is that everything they showed is true to form in America.
They ended the show by saying -'Don't go to America' Wouldn't it be nice if they didn't either?



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1 comments:

  1. Two Crabs said...:

    You beat me to the punch. My wife and I saw the same episode and we were left with jaws agape after the show ended. Shocked. Just shocked.