Top Gear’s ‘racist’ Mexican segment dropped from Australian broadcast

A controversial Top Gear segment featuring the hosts poking fun at “lazy, feckless, flatulent” Mexicans will not be aired in Australia, Mumbrella has learned.

In Australia, Top Gear is broadcast on Nine a few weeks after it goes out in the UK.

But BBC Worldwide has decided to drop the segment from its international version of the show.  

When it was broadcast in the UK last week it generated a formal complaint from the Mexican ambassador in London and an apology from the BBC.

A spokesman for BBC Worldwide told Mumbrella that the version of Top Gear shown internationally is 50 minutes, ten minutes shorter than the British version and the segment would be dropped.

She said: “Clearly it was felt that it was appropriate to remove this contentious content. Added to which, we then didn’t get clearance on international broadcast of the still of the Mastretta that was in the background.”


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