Honestly, it has nothing to do with the country in question. It's what they're implying about being from a certain country, doesn't matter which. It wasn't an insult about the government there, or the food there, or the drug problems there, it was an insult about being born there. It's the very definition of xenophobic.I tend to agree to both of that but if you watch it closely, you'll realize that the scene has been cut right before Hammond's remark. So it probably has been pulled out of context -- although I'm not sure the context would have made it any better.
But the reason, why you felt this one remark was so bad, was probably because you can relate to it more, than a bad remark about a German or Frenchman, because you live near the Mexicans and have to deal with them every day.
I'm simply trying to see all this from a neutral point of view, being more objective and not value any nationality higher or lower, than another. Which also means, that the Mexicans cannot claim a special "joke protection", just because they are a poor country with a lot of problems.
James is a bit German, and England became such because of the Angles (Germans), if I remember correctly."The Germans always aim high: Stalingrad by Christmas and the World by Easter, and then we'll sort out Rover."
"VW Scirocco: From Berlin to Warsaw in one tank"
"If they do it, what's the point in having Germany?" - on the possibility of general speed limits on the Autobahn
"[T]here?s no known cure for being a bit German."
Trust me, if I wanted to be offended by Top Gear and the other shows presented by the TG3, I could easily find enough to blow myself up with rage thirteen times.
Dude... taken seriously, he would have said that being a bit German is a genetic defect. That's about as offensive as in any way, shape or form possible.And again, they didn't go ahead and say "I'm sorry, but just imagine waking up and remembering you're German," coupling that to other negative remarks about Germans.
Bah... we've heard that one before, AND they made fun of our PRIME MINISTER!Did anyone notice that on the very same show the Australians were portrayed as all being criminals?
Brazil != Mexico.You're only offended because you're Mexican. No need to take it personally.
Any true-blue Aussie would certainly be furious if they were depicted soWow. I mean wow. I would be highly insulted if my prime minster/president was depicted drinking Fosters.