Monday, March 12, 2007

Man Love Rules OK

Thanks to t-mix for posting links to that very special episode of Top Gear where the three presenters went on a US road trip from Florida to New Orlins in a representative selection of the finest in pre-owned American automobiles (a pick up, a pimp mobile and a sports car with the handling characteristics of a small sperm whale)

The best part of the show starts mid way through the fifth clip and into the sixth

That’s the bit where the zany presenters paint slogans as offensive to Southern sensibilities as they can think of all over each other’s cars before driving through Alabama…

Man Love Rules OK’, ‘Country and Western is Rubbish’, ‘Hillary for President’, ‘NASCAR sucks

…stuff like that

Surprisingly enough, when the presenters stop for petrol men with dogs appear in pick-up trucks and start throwing rocks at them.

Now the funny part is not the discovery that if you are offensive to people, particularly people in poorer, somewhat less, er, 'sophisticated' parts of the world, some of them might start throwing rocks at you.

Nope, that’s not the funny part. The funny part is the surprise and panic shown by the same middle class BBC presenters who, only a couple of hours before, thought it was all a bit of laugh to visit a country and take the piss out of its inhabitants.

There’s a lesson to be learned from this but it never is.

"It looks like the locals have had a sense of humour failure Sergeant Major..."



Ian said...

I hope the whole of my Licence Fee was allocated to the production costs of this programme, and not to Celebrity Poodle Love Match.

Stef said...

I wouldn't mind Celebrity Poodle Death Match though...