Top Gear receives complaint from Indian High Commission
- Bang Showbiz
- 13 January 2012
'Top Gear' chiefs and Prime Minister David Cameron have been urged to apologise by the Indian High Commission over the show's Christmas special
'Top Gear' chiefs and Prime Minister David Cameron have been urged to apologise over the show's Christmas special.
The Indian High Commission are furious over the show - which saw hosts James May, Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson undertake a number of tasks in India - because of how the country was depicted and offensive jokes made by the presenters.
And the prime minister has now become embroiled in the row because the show opened with a letter from Mr. Cameron to the hosts and he was then seen waving them off.
High Commission spokesman Raja Sekhar said a letter had been sent to the BBC to "convey our strong disappointment".
He added: "We were very actively helping out facilitating the visit but they ran down the whole society, culture and people. It's really disgusting.
"We have a very close relationship with and respect for the BBC. The BBC is probably more admired in India than in England so we feel a bit let down."
However, a spokesperson for the prime minister insisted he was not directly involved in the show.
The representative said: "Mr. Cameron was leaving for an event when the cameras were there. This is a matter for the BBC.
"As you know, the BBC are able to film in Downing Street as are other broadcast companies. They were in the street and he was leaving for an event.
"The government is not responsible for editorial decisions made by the BBC or any media organisation. This is a matter for the BBC - I don't speak for the BBC."
Asked why Mr. Cameron - who is a friend of Jeremy - had decided to write a letter to the programme, the spokesman said: "When people write to the Prime Minister, or indeed any other Government minister, it is customary to reply.
"He got a letter. He replied."
The BBC confirmed they had received an objection from the High Commission.
They said: "We have received a letter from the Indian High Commission and will respond to them in due course."
The BBC was forced to apologise to the Mexican ambassador last year after remarks made on the show.