Richard Hammond, on every ones favorite British automotive television series Top Gear, recently stated:
"Mexican cars are just going to be lazy, feckless, flatulent, overweight, leaning against a fence asleep looking at a cactus with a blanket with a hole in the middle on as a coat."Unfortunately the ambassador wasn't asleep, and demanded a formal apology from the BBC.
To make matters worse, Clarkson joked that the BBC wouldn't receive any complaints from the Mexican ambassador because he would likely be asleep. (autoblog)
The following was BBC's response:
Our own comedians make jokes about the British being terrible cooks and terrible romantics, and we in turn make jokes about the Italians being disorganized and over dramatic; the French being arrogant and the Germans being over organized. We are sorry if we have offended some people, but jokes centered on national stereotyping are a part of 'Top Gear's' humor.Well done.
I appreciate this response. In this case bowing to the pressure of being politically correct is a contradiction in itself. The offended is being close minded about how different people understand and relate to the world around them (isn't it the ambassadors job to understand this?).
One of my favorite aspects of British culture is their self-deprecating and severely sarcastic sense of humor
It reminds us not to take ourselves too seriously.
It reminds us that we all look like goof balls in some one else's eyes.
It reminds that it's okay to laugh at yourself.