Ceebs wrote:mike_gss wrote:crownhillpilgrim wrote: There's a fine line between being all those things and just being unpleasant (as witnessed by Clarkson's public tantrum as not being able to get a hot meal). Someone like Larry David uses racism, homophobia and misogyny as part of his act, but, essentially, he's (and his ignorance) is the butt of the joke. Jeremy Clarkson calling an old Asian man a 'slope' isn't funny or self-deprecating, it's just unpleasant... and at the license payer's expense.
Unpleasant. In your opinion, not in mine.
Don't get me started on a list of the rubbish the BBC serves up "at the license payer's (i.e. my) expense". Everybody likes and dislikes different things. I loathe property/decorating shows and (so-called) talent shows but my wife likes them. Just because a show doesn't conform to your particular agenda is no reason for calling for its ban.
It's this "everything would be better if the world just listened to me" argument that pervades so much moral indignancy these days.
I discovered, almost as soon as I got the first one I ever had out of the box, that TV remote controls come with very clever little devices enabling one to change the channel and even switch the appliance off. I use mine quite a lot but perhaps some people need to read the user guide again.
The fact that you were not offended is neither here nor there. This isn't a word whose origins can be traced back over centuries which may or may not have been derogatory in a different age. It is a racial slur; of that there can be very little contention. In this context the word was born during the Vietnam war and it would take a mix of naivety and ignorance to imagine it was used as anything other than an insult.
If TG (or as you would probably say...Clarkson's) mission is to pretty much insult every race or nationality he can think of, how come the show is so wildly successful outside the UK? I presume that at least some SE Asian countries take it without any complaints, or is it only syndicated to WASP nations?
Here again is this seemingly constant clamour among certain people to be "offended on behalf of humanity".
Anyway, Clarkson was dropped because of violent conduct, not for using a racial slur.