Top Gear‘s Racy Humour: Murdering Prostitutes Is Hilarious!
Posted by Clem Bastow on November 5, 2008
Having spoken before about the often misogynist culture of motorsport, I can’t say this one really surprises me, but it sure as hell disappoints and angers me: Jeremy Clarkson, the popular host of BBC’s Top Gear, reckons it’s okay to make gags about killing sex workers!
During the show, Clarkson joked about truck drivers, claiming they only cared about petrol prices and murdering prostitutes.
“This is a hard job and I’m not just saying that to win favour with lorry drivers, it’s a hard job,” Clarkson said as he was shown driving a Renault Magnum truck into a brick wall.
“Change gear, change gear, change gear, check mirror, murder a prostitute, change gear, change gear, murder.
“That’s a lot of effort in a day.”
LOL, Clarkson! Particularly when you consider, as the article mentions, the very recent (January this year to be precise) jailing of English truck driver and serial killer Steve Wright, who murdered five sex workers in Ipswich in 2006. On that topic, watch the BBC go into spin overdrive!
The BBC said Clarkson’s comments were designed to “comically exaggerate and make ridiculous an unfair urban myth about the world of lorry driving, and was not intended to cause offence”.
Oh yes, that “myth” about truck drivers murdering sex workers! The families of Anneli Alderton, Paula Clennell, Gemma Adams, Tania Nicol and Annette Nicholls are, I’m sure, wheezing with laughter.