RACISM: Jeremy Clarkson makes controversial comment
TV PRESENTER Jeremy Clarkson has caused public outrage following remarks, many have deemed as racist, made against comedian Lenny Henry.
In his weekly newspaper column, Clarkson, stated that the energy-saving mode on his new television was so dim that “every program looks like it is being presented by Lenny Henry in a cave”.
Race campaigner Lee Jasper, said: “It starts off with Clarkson making stupid racist comments and it ends up as playground taunts and racist slurs on the street.”
“People take a green light and think, ‘Well, if Clarkson can have a joke at the expense of someone’s race then so can I,'” he said.
He added: “It’s totally gratuitous because it’s not necessary. The whole point is Clarkson is naturally funny. There is no need to resort to racism. He has provocatively and deliberately crossed the line.”
Labour MP Denis MacShane told people.com that he thought Clarkson’s comments were “unpleasant and offensive,” saying that it is “out of tune with multi-cultural, multi-ethnic Britain.”
He added: “It’s like a blast from the south of the US when the Ku Klux Klan thought these jokes were funny.”
The Top Gear presenter, who has a track record of getting into trouble for his racially offensive “jokes”, has previously blasted his critics for not having a sense of humor.
Lenny Henry has yet to make an official statement following the remarks made about him.