Not likely to endear him to Top Gear's many Chinese viewers but Mr. Jeremy Clarkson's latest bon mot is to compare synchronised swimmers to the Chinese cocklepickers who died on Morcambe Bay in 2004. As reported by the Telegraph:
Clarkson mocked the sport of synchronised swimming as "Chinese women in hats, upside down, in a bit of water", adding: "You can see that sort of thing on Morecambe Beach. For free."
Is it even worth being offended? Clarkson is so valuable to the BBC and is generally liked by so many viewers that even these disgusting comments - that would have anyone else fearing for their job - are unlikely to jeopardize his lucrative position (now worth over £2 million a year).
News International should have asked him to hack Milly Dowler's phone because if he had, the British public would have brushed it off as someone 'having a bit of a laugh'.
One thing that strikes me as an occasional watcher of Top Gear is that for someone who insists that all his offensive comments are 'just a joke', Clarkson is seems totally incapable of taking a joke himself.
All the banter on Top Gear is at the expense of others and any time another presenter attempts to make a derogatory remark about Clarkson it is done with the timidity of a scared mouse and quickly countered with a scripted put-down. Anyone would think he was too vain to take a joke at his own expense.
A classic case of one who can dish it out but cannot take it?