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Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson begs forgiveness for racist slip of the tongue
AFP ^ | May 02, 2014 | AFP

Posted on 05/04/2014 5:49:33 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

JEREMY Clarkson, presenter of BBC motoring program Top Gear, on Thursday “begged forgiveness” for appearing to use a racist insult in a non-aired clip recorded for the globally successful show.

Clarkson, no stranger to controversy, explained that he had recited an old nursery rhyme that includes a racist term, but tried to mumble out the offending word.

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1 posted on 05/04/2014 5:49:33 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

He punched Piers Morgan in the face. Jeremy can do no wrong by me.


2 posted on 05/04/2014 5:52:35 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Berlin_Freeper

In the meantime while all these white boys run for PC cover, Bennie Thompson’s namecalling goes unnoticed


3 posted on 05/04/2014 5:54:17 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Hey 2008, we told you so)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I am having the devil’s own time trying to come up with a nursery rhyme that has a racist line in it.


4 posted on 05/04/2014 5:55:30 AM PDT by big truck
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Actually if you watch the video he says it sounded like the old version of Eenie Meanie Miney Moe. In fact it was a take that was never used because it sounded like it. Someone held onto the video to use now.


5 posted on 05/04/2014 5:55:51 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: big truck

I’m going to guess it begins with “Eeeny, Meenie, Miny, Moe...”


6 posted on 05/04/2014 5:56:57 AM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: rlmorel

Since when is “tiger” considered racist? Must be referring to Tiger Woods...


7 posted on 05/04/2014 5:59:06 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

“Beggar” was how I learned it. Jeremy wouldn’t be in any trouble at all if he had ‘rapped’ the original line.


8 posted on 05/04/2014 6:01:50 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Cowboy Bob

That was my thought as well. “Catch a tiger by the toe” must have taken on racial connotations after Mr. Woods became a celebrity. I wish they’d at least make an announcement when harmless prose becomes toxic. How is one to ever know???


9 posted on 05/04/2014 6:02:08 AM PDT by big truck
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To: Berlin_Freeper
I must have heard that rhyme hundreds if not thousands of times when I was a kid. I heard adults saying that word quite a bit not realizing how loaded it was. Even my mother who used to get upset when she heard racist words called brazil nuts n.....toes.

So does the mere recitation of the slur make a person a racist? I think actions speak louder than words. And a slip of the tongue does not make a person a racist. But Clarkson will have a very difficult time getting out of this one. Because in today's world, racism only goes one way...towards whites.

10 posted on 05/04/2014 6:03:18 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: Cowboy Bob

Maybe if he would have enunciated the offending word using the “a” ending instead of the “er” ending he wouldn’t be in so much trouble?


11 posted on 05/04/2014 6:03:51 AM PDT by big truck
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Jeremy, you may be okay in the UK. However, in the US, there is forgiveness and second, third, fourth chances for every sin or offense under the sun, up to and including murder, except perceived racism. One word and you are ostracized for life.


12 posted on 05/04/2014 6:04:14 AM PDT by tnlibertarian (Beat Lamar! And, if that doesn't work, let's defeat him in the primary.)
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To: big truck
I am having the devil’s own time trying to come up with a nursery rhyme that has a racist line in it.

Anything that mentions black/watermelon/fried chicken (or maybe just chicken)/jungle/bunny.....

I took a quick peek and many wanted "Baa Baa Black Sheep" banned as being racist.

Let's face it, we're all raging, bigoted racists and we all commit hate crimes in our thoughts each and every day. In order to cleanse the planet of racism, all Whites need to be destroyed. Then the "spics", then the next smallest race, until the "chinks" own and rule the world.......I think it's really a Communist Chinese plot for 'peaceful" takeover.

13 posted on 05/04/2014 6:06:37 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: Yo-Yo

Its a fake controversy anyway.

He’s not apologizing for saying the actual word. He’s apologizing for saying a word that sounded like it and that take wasn’t even used because it sounded like it.


14 posted on 05/04/2014 6:07:03 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Don’t you dare utter old nursery rhymes.

Feel free to recite modern day rap lyrics.


15 posted on 05/04/2014 6:09:08 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Eenie, meanie, miney, moe. Catch a tiger by the toe. I don’t see the problem.


16 posted on 05/04/2014 6:09:19 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Wagglebee please come home we miss you! ~ Þ)
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To: EEGator

17 posted on 05/04/2014 6:09:31 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

This is the same a-hole who claimed that blacks were being mowed down by machine guns from helicopters during Katrina. He HATES the United States.


18 posted on 05/04/2014 6:09:58 AM PDT by GunRunner
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To: Cowboy Bob

Apparently all you have to do is give the impression that you even know the rhyme with the “N” word in it, and that is enough to brand you as a racist.


19 posted on 05/04/2014 6:18:26 AM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
I’ve listened to the clip several times and for the life of me I can’t hear any semblance to the dreaded N–Word. I fact I can’t make out any word during the portion of the rhyme that supposedly contained the offensive word. I think what Clarkson “should” have said was:

Eeeny, Meenie, Miny, Moe
Catch Piers Morgan by the toe
When he squeals, punch him in the face again

This guy breaks down the audio (WARNING – some NSFW, NSFC language by the YouTuber)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cP4O-AqAoks

20 posted on 05/04/2014 6:18:30 AM PDT by MD Expat in PA
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To: Berlin_Freeper

21 posted on 05/04/2014 6:19:24 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
"Off with his head!"


22 posted on 05/04/2014 6:19:48 AM PDT by moovova
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To: big truck; Cowboy Bob
"...I wish they’d at least make an announcement when harmless prose becomes toxic..."

Eh. They would just continually change the status of things, so one would never know.

Kind of what liberals do with laws and regulations. If you make so many of them that people can't keep them straight, sooner or later someone will break one of them, and then the liberals can use that "transgression" to bend that person over a barrel...if it suits their purpose.

23 posted on 05/04/2014 6:21:58 AM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Recently, two African Americans were offended when “Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, pick a seat, it’s time to go” was recited by a Southwest Airlines attendant, and (unsuccessfully) took it to court.

Read more at http://www.omgfacts.com/History/Eeny-Meeny-Miny-Moe-originally-had-a-ra/54454#sb2lwlKdsDOVRKOe.99

I think that could have been a great AD CAMPAIGN!!!


24 posted on 05/04/2014 6:22:34 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Sorry, only blacks can use that offensive, derogatory, racial epithet.


25 posted on 05/04/2014 6:26:25 AM PDT by windsorknot
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To: GunRunner

You are confusing Clarkson with someone else. He loves the USA for the freedoms he wishes they had there and he’s also a serious gun lover.


26 posted on 05/04/2014 6:27:39 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: big truck

Eeny, meeny, miney, mo ...

http://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/10006659/Jeremy-Clarkson-on-final-warning-with-BBC


27 posted on 05/04/2014 6:27:52 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: cripplecreek

Looks totally different than this guy and his rhyme:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/10006659/Jeremy-Clarkson-on-final-warning-with-BBC


28 posted on 05/04/2014 6:29:29 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: MeshugeMikey
Jeremy Clarkson Shoots Justin Bieber With GPMG
29 posted on 05/04/2014 6:32:16 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
“And as I’m sitting here begging your forgiveness for that fact that obviously my efforts weren’t quite good enough.”

Apologies can never be good enough. It's blood in the water, and an admission of guilt -- the do-gooders will never forget, never forgive. They will hound and torture the miscreant forever. Because they are good people and the miscreant deserves endless suffering.

30 posted on 05/04/2014 6:34:43 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: cripplecreek



31 posted on 05/04/2014 6:38:01 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: rlmorel; big truck; Cowboy Bob
Eh. They would just continually change the status of things, so one would never know.

Good point, rimorel.

This is what Ayn Rand had to say. She was referring to government's constantly changing laws but it applies also to political correctness. PC laws are how the Marxofascists destroy the lives and careers of the defenders of freedom. The Marxofascists **want** those PC laws broken because their goal is not a just society, It is **power** they are after.

Ayn Rand:

Did you really think we want those laws observed? said Dr. Ferris. We want them to be broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against... We're after power and we mean it... There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Reardon, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with. ('Atlas Shrugged' 1957) {WMail Issue #23}

32 posted on 05/04/2014 6:39:34 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: BunnySlippers

A couple weeks back it was Indians (Dot not feather, he he) that were offended by him using the word “slope” which apparently offends them. The comment was made a bout a bridge that had a downhill slope.


33 posted on 05/04/2014 6:39:51 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: wintertime

I keep pimping the book “The Language of the 3rd Reich” by Victor Klemperer.

Its about how the nazis manipulated the german language as a means of manipulating the people.


34 posted on 05/04/2014 6:41:55 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

The Marxofascists **want** these PC laws broken, This is how they break the man financially, and socially.

See my post #32 for Ayn Rand’s quote on laws.


35 posted on 05/04/2014 6:42:00 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: cripplecreek

Excellent book.


36 posted on 05/04/2014 6:43:39 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: GunRunner
This is the same a-hole who claimed that blacks were being mowed down by machine guns from helicopters during Katrina. He HATES the United States.

No he doesn’t. Have you ever watched Top Gear? Clarkson is an equal opportunity offender; it is part of his stick.

They’ve been going after him for years, I suspect based on things he’s said over the years, because he leans Tory.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WN72DAlhovY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iwt0TfqX97E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0T5HyM6DJI

The Top Gear India Christmas special got India all in an uproar and they demanded an apology from the BBC and the UK government for showing India pretty much as it is.

37 posted on 05/04/2014 6:49:03 AM PDT by MD Expat in PA
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To: cripplecreek
You are confusing Clarkson with someone else. He loves the USA for the freedoms he wishes they had there and he’s also a serious gun lover.

Nope, it was him. In the wake of Katrina he accused the US military of murdering civilians looking for food.

Flood That Released America's Demons

"Most Americans barely have the brains to walk on their back legs."

"On the streets you've got some poor, starving soul helping themselves to a packet of food from a ruined, deserted supermarket. And as a result, finding themselves being blown to pieces by a helicopter gunship. With the none-too-bright soldiers urged on by their illiterate political masters, the poor and needy never stood a chance. It's easier and much more fun to shoot someone than make them a cup of tea."

38 posted on 05/04/2014 6:49:23 AM PDT by GunRunner
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To: big truck

One version goes “catch a n $ gger by the toe”.


39 posted on 05/04/2014 6:50:16 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: MD Expat in PA
I can't seem to find his original article in the Sun, where he accused Americans of being so stupid and crass that our military was murdering blacks in the wake of Katrina.

The article was called the "Flood That Released America's Demons", and it looks like the Sun might have expunged it, but there's plenty of quotes available.

I hope his career is over.

40 posted on 05/04/2014 6:54:17 AM PDT by GunRunner
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To: Cowboy Bob
Since when is “tiger” considered racist? Must be referring to Tiger Woods...

I learned it...in the 1950's,middle class white neighborhood...to be a name for black people that's seldom used today.

41 posted on 05/04/2014 6:55:28 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: lacrew
Great skit by Dave Chappelle
42 posted on 05/04/2014 7:02:29 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
It is getting worse, but politcal correctness controlling our language is not a completely new phenomenon. The Swedish (actually Scanian) author and raconteur Fritiof "the Pirate" Nilsson (1895 - 1972) was heard to complain that "these days it is no longer possible even to write about a darning needle without some one-eyed bastard feeling agrieved."
43 posted on 05/04/2014 7:11:20 AM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: BykrBayb

There’s a variation in some circles where tiger is replaced with the N word. I remember the first time I heard it being quite shocked and sometimes that’s how you instantly learn you’re hanging out with the wrong crowd, even if all the signs were there from the beginning.


44 posted on 05/04/2014 7:13:31 AM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: GunRunner

You do realize that Clarkson is a satirical writer? And let’s not forget that our own media was saying the same things including plenty of FReepers who were pimping the same.


45 posted on 05/04/2014 7:15:55 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

Also Ten Little Indians was originally Ten Little N words.


46 posted on 05/04/2014 7:17:42 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: GunRunner

Yeah, Clarkson is a typical Brit Hate-America type. I wonder when the lies told about Katrina will go away...


47 posted on 05/04/2014 7:20:21 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

What ever happened to “Sticks and stone may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”!

People need to get over this crap. Stand up for yourself.


48 posted on 05/04/2014 7:20:45 AM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Did you just get off the short bus or what?)
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To: Gay State Conservative
I learned it...in the 1950's,middle class white neighborhood...to be a name for black people that's seldom used today.

Probably used more today than in the 50s although not by middle class white people.

49 posted on 05/04/2014 7:20:47 AM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: big truck

Ennie meanie minne moe catch a ....


50 posted on 05/04/2014 7:22:07 AM PDT by Kozak ("It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal" Henry Kissingerhaha)
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