Top Gear threatened with racism charges
It's reached day 5 in the continuing saga between Top Gear and the Mexican nation, and, rather predictably, things are progressing from the sublime to the ridiculous.
The BBC have already been treated to a tongue lashing by the Mexican ambassador for apparently offensive remarks made by the presenters during Sunday's show – now the programme's makers could find themselves in the dock under racism charges.
According to the Guardian, a 30-year-old Mexican woman has instructed lawyers to launch a test case against the show under a new equality law which prohibits public bodies from engaging in discrimination.
During the last episode of Top Gear, Richard Hammond described the country's national characteristic a 'lazy, feckless, flatulent oaf', while James May suggested the food was like 'refried sick'.
In a legal complaint seen by the newspaper, Iris de la Torre's solicitors apparently claim comments made by all three presenters were unlawful under the Equality Act which came into force last year.
"These remarks were probably calculated and deliberate to fuel anger and hence boost ratings – the presenters apparently feel that they are fighting a battle against political correctness," said Lawrence Davies of Equal Justice, the law firm representing the jewelry design student.
"However they are not permitted to use unlawful means to do so and broadcast their racist thoughts. A broadcast is a service and it is unlawful to produce racist services."
The complaint was apparently sent to the BBC as a letter, and is considered the first stage in bringing a case against the corporation.