When one is looking for the best in automotive television/journalism, the top of the line is Jeremy Clarkson. He is an incredible writer and an even better entertainer. Together with James May and Richard Hammon, they have one of the best shows on television: BBC’s Top Gear. If you’re a gear head, you’ll love it, and if you’re not, you will probably still love iy. It is funny, and powerful all at the same time. This trio has great chemistry and through the eloquent writing and presenting they are able to create, they are also able to inspire a passion in automobiles as well as many other things.
One thing that you should know about Jeremy specifically is that he is an open book, and is generally not afraid to say and do what he feels. He is an incredibly proud brit and a large conservative and when he is given a chance to make fun of the french, americans, young people, and any car company, he will usually do so. He is not malicious in doing so, he is laughing with you, not at you. He is a huge figure of being able to laugh at yourself. If you are up-tight about your identity, you may dislike Jeremy.
(That all being said, there are many times when he is kind of offensive)
Up until recently, this has only attributed more to his popularity but this week he may have crossed a line.
It seems as though he became involved in an altercation with one of his producers which involved him punching the producer
Clarkson (left) exemplifies his comedy with co presenters Hammond (middle) and May (right).
(James May called it “a bit of a dust up” in classic British fashion). That being said, he reported himself to the BBC and has stated that he regrets his actions.
As a result of this Top Gear’s season has been taken off of the air and Clarkson has been suspended. This has infuriated the fans (me). Why should we be punished for a passionate man going over the line. Thus a petition has been created on the internet that is nearing 1 million signatures. Even the prime minister of the UK has come out and says he hopes Jeremy gets back on television
Did he do a bad thing? Yes, obviously. I am one who believes that violence solves absolutely nothing. We know its wrong, the BBC knows its wrong, Jeremy knows its wrong. He will not be doing this again, obviously, and he is too big of a talent and too incredible of a talent to simply not allow back on television.
The show needs Jeremy, gear heads need Jeremy. He has been on the show since the 80s, it is nothing without him. Over the years, the show has accrued 350 million viewers world wide. I have no doubt in my mind that he is largely the reason for this.
He is a martyr of free speech in a world of television that harps on being politcally correct. He isn’t a racist or a sexist or a homophobe obviously, it isn’t that kind of lack of filter. He is simply unafraid of being honest, and that is integral to journalism, it is why he is so good. He is an eloquent writer, a smart man, and one of the funniest people on television.
He is a controversial, mean jerk, who can be a real @$$, as displayed by his little altercation, but he is our @$$. He is not a mean spirited man.
BBC, we need Jeremy back.
Here are some great Clarkson quotes so you get a feel for the guy (courtesy of this website):
“A turbo: exhaust gasses go into the turbocharger and spin it, witchcraft happens and you go faster.”
“Tonight, the new Viper, which is the American equivalent of a sports car… in the same way, I guess, that George Bush is the equivalent of a President.”
Talking about a Corvette: “I would buy that car if I was the sort of person who looked at their sister and thought, mmmmmm.”
Talking about a mercedes: “Braking in this car is so brutal, it would be less painful to actually hit the tree you were trying to miss.”
“This is a Renault Espace, probably the best of the people carriers. Not that that’s much to shout about. That’s like saying ‘Oh good, I’ve got syphilis, the best of the sexually transmitted diseases!'”
A people carrier is a mini van by the way
“Sure it’s quiet, for a diesel. But that’s like being well-behaved… for a murderer.”
Just go to the website it is worth it.