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I know it's a little late, but it appears to me that on its latest program, the BBC's "Top Gear," and specifically Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond, have given their endorsement to Mitt Romney's conduct, if not his electoral platform.

Specifically, on the February 24, 2013, program, Clarkson and Hammond, while creating a modern car for older people, decided to do with their cat what Mitt Romney did with Seamus, his dog.  That is, strap it onto the roof of their car.

Admittedly, it was a stuffed cat, but during their road test, the cat came off the roof on a motorway, and in their words, was killed.  During the program, they did not mention Mitt Romney.

I really wonder if they seriously did not know about the Seamus incident at Top Gear, simply did not care, or just implied that the US made a mistake by not making a person who would abuse animals President of the United States without actually saying it.

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  •  It sounds to me like they were disendorsing (14+ / 0-)

    (is that a word?) him. As you say, they 'killed' the cat. Why would that be an endorsement? It sounds more like they were lampooning Romney. "I come not to praise Caesar Romney but to bury mock him."

    What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

    by ontheleftcoast on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 10:19:09 AM PST

    •  I agree, perhaps that is the case. (2+ / 0-)
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      After they "killed" the cat and had a laugh about it with a policeman, they stuck a cross on the roof in the spot where the cat had been.  That certainly is something that Mitt Romney would not do, I think.

    •  Having watched the show many times (1+ / 0-)
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      Having watched the show many times, but not that particular episode, I am quite sure they were lampooning Romney.  Their act is intended to be humorous.  Furthermore, their programs have involved lampooning (among other things) American rednecks, suggesting that they are well aware of our parties' dynamics, and inherent humor in applying their wit to the stupid party.

  •  Some say (15+ / 0-)

    he dreams of putting Eric Cantor in a chokehold.  And in a recent prank phone call he convinced Rand Paul that the Walking Dead is a documentary about CPAC.

    All we know is he's not the Stig, but he is the Stig's Presidential cousin!

  •  Do you watch much Top Gear? (15+ / 0-)

    Because the whole idea behind their projects is to have it go horribly awry in hilarious fashion.  The 3 presenters play bumbling dolts as characters for the show.  Their motto for such projects is "Ambitious, but rubbish."  

    I'm sure they knew of the Seamus incident and the reenactment of sorts was complete snark.

    In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

    by Cixelsyd on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 10:38:04 AM PST

  •  you apparently dont watch (8+ / 0-)

    It was a hilarious sketch about a car for old people. A radio with one station.  A car that puts up road flares when you lose it then deploys helium balloons when close.  And it explodes into pieces when you try to enter the freeway the wrong direction.

    Comedy. And hilarious.  Find their trip across the southern states

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 10:52:20 AM PST

    •  Any video link for their US Special #1? Tks! (0+ / 0-)

      I found the 60 Minutes interview with Clarkson that has a few minutes of it. And I found their entire US Special #2 on a Czech site. But I can't find anything but trailers for their first Top Gear: US Special, with the southern states, including the Alabama bit where they paint their cars with liberal slogans like "Hillary for president," "NASCAR sucks," "Man-love rules OK," and "I'm bi". It was first broadcast on February 11, 2007 on BBC Two, as part of the ninth series of the show.  http://en.wikipedia.org/...
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/...

      I'd never heard of it before -- thanks to all for the cultural reference! :-)

  •  Top Gear is rubbish & their host is a wingnut (0+ / 0-)

    ...so count me unsurprised at the lameness of their attempts at comedy.

    Too bad that show is all that BBC America ever runs anymore.

    Remember Savita Halappanavar!

    by Brown Thrasher on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 11:03:01 AM PST

    •  Jeremy Clarkson (4+ / 0-)
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      is a confirmed wingnut.  and proud of it.

      But he does have a way with words, can be quite amusing, and loves tweaking people that take anything he says or does too seriously.

      "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." - Plato

      by Bcre8ve on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 11:25:09 AM PST

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      •  Clarkson and Wingnuttery (6+ / 0-)

        Jeremy Clarkson is a Tory, who's also, in my opinion, culturally anti-American. In the British context, he's conservative, but that wouldn't translate into being pro-wingnut on this side of the Atlantic. He thinks Americans are morons, and I saw the show where they went to Alabama and went out of their way to bait the locals about what they saw as their hyper-religious and backwards social views. They're literally lucky they didn't get shot.

        Clarkson is a Tory snob. He fancies himself an above it all aristocrat, or so it seems to me. He'd hate the tea party Christian fundamentalists as much as he hates the British Labour Party. He thinks Americans are stupid, and to him, the stupidest of all are the people who vote conservative in our country.

        The Bush Family: 0 for 4 in Wisconsin

        by Korkenzieher on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 11:53:32 AM PST

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        •  Maybe not so off base (1+ / 0-)
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          "... they went to Alabama and went out of their way to bait the locals about what they saw as their hyper-religious and backwards social views." and "... the stupidest of all are the people who vote conservative in our country."  Really, did it look to you like those rednecks weren't morons?  Would you guess that they self-identified as something other than conservatives?  Were their actions an affirmative case for typing them as hyper-religious, violently homophobic, and significantly at variance with the vast majority in the American mainstream?  I think poll after poll demonstrates that Fox News viewers, aka the Republican base of conservative voters, is in fact poorly informed, anti-science, and often express racist, misogynist, and homophobic views (sometimes with more than a bit of implied violence).  I don't think much of those behaviors and beliefs either, and I am reasonably sure that I am not being snobbish and anti-American if I express that opinion.  Ultimately though, and whatever you think he thinks about our Alabama citizenry that would rise to his foolishness, it seems inarguable that this bit of British humor was mocking Mitt Romney.

          •  Right, but.... (0+ / 0-)

            Clarkson thinks Alabama is typical. He's too intellectually lazy and self-important to draw a distinction between the worst of America and the best of America. The analogy is if Americans assumed everyone in England were drunken soccer hooligans. They're absolutely not; and we're absolutely not all hyper-religious fanatics either.

            The Bush Family: 0 for 4 in Wisconsin

            by Korkenzieher on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 02:36:55 PM PST

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            •  This is all true, but also a very funny (1+ / 0-)
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              Bit of an act.  Yes, he's an asshole.   Yes, he says things on his program that are wildly offensive and over the top.   But I still laugh at him more then many things I see on TV.  

              I guess it's the nature of the game; I never take his views or him seriously; he's like the old crank down the street which makes his responses (to me at least) humorous.  

              I get it that it offends others; and I understand the reasoning.   But I can't deny I do laugh.

              Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

              by Chris Reeves on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 02:56:31 PM PST

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  •  As Grampa used to say,:You're a day late and a (1+ / 0-)
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    dollar short."

    Wh cares what Romney does now! LOL!

  •  The world (3+ / 0-)
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    does not revolve around failed American politicians.

  •  It seems to me (1+ / 0-)
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    that in this world, with all of it genuine ills and travails, complaining that a snarky program did a snarky bit is something of a waste of (virtual) ink.

  •  Hey, Spoiler Alert! (1+ / 0-)
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    That episode hasn't hit BBC America yet and I didn't feel like using my UK proxy to watch it early.

    •  it is hilarious James McAvoy (0+ / 0-)

      Is the star in a reasonably priced car that's a hilarious bit

      Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

      by Chris Reeves on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 11:58:12 AM PST

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  •  I can't stand Clarkson... (0+ / 0-)

    he's a pretty vile man.

  •  I think you don't understand Top Gear. (3+ / 0-)
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    The format of the show is "three middle-aged English blokes purportedly making an auto review show but in fact spending most of their time having fatuous automobiling misadventures, organising races across great distances between supercars and various types of public transport, and performing silly stunts which are often designed specifically to wind up people who take everything in life too seriously".

    If you don't get that that's what Top Gear is all about, you will never be able to laugh along with them at gentle jokes about the elderly and their attachment to cats, for example.  But it is your loss.  :)

    •  I don't consider repeating stereotypes about (0+ / 0-)

      mexicans and passing it off to a brain dead studio audience who guffaw at it as comedy a gentle joke myself.

      "I smoke. If this bothers anyone, I suggest you look around at the world in which we live and shut your fuckin' mouth." --- Bill Hicks

      by voroki on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 02:35:14 PM PST

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