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    Leo

    Top Gear runs for the border in Alabama...

    Did anyone see the episode of Top Gear filmed in the USA? It was effing hilarious. At one stage they had to drive across Alabama in three old wrecks painted with huge slogans such as 'Obama for President' and 'Man-Love Rules'.

    They stopped at a service station for petrol and the proprietoress, a very large lady clad in jungle greens and with an extremely rough head, warned them off the premises using very juicy language indeed. She then got on her mobile and told someone to 'get the boys'.

    The 'boys' arrived shortly thereafter in a pick up truck with two huge US flags flying from it, and they were all heavily armed. I also suspect the last time they could have been legitimately described as 'boys' would have been at least two decades ago.

    They kicked off by attacking the camera crews and then turned their attentions to Jeremy Clarkson and company. All of whom had to flee across Alabama, with 'the boys' in hot pursuit, until they crossed the Luisiana border.

    Clarkson's closing remarks were in the nature of advice to those considering visiting the United States. His words (or rather word) was "Don't."

    Doesn't it just thrill all you decent, pleasant and law-abiding folks to be represented internationally by bigoted thugs?

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    Six

    Re: Top Gear runs for the border in Alabama...

    Quote Originally Posted by Leo View Post
    Did anyone see the episode of Top Gear filmed in the USA? It was effing hilarious. At one stage they had to drive across Alabama in three old wrecks painted with huge slogans such as 'Obama for President' and 'Man-Love Rules'.

    They stopped at a service station for petrol and the proprietoress, a very large lady clad in jungle greens and with an extremely rough head, warned them off the premises using very juicy language indeed. She then got on her mobile and told someone to 'get the boys'.

    The 'boys' arrived shortly thereafter in a pick up truck with two huge US flags flying from it, and they were all heavily armed. I also suspect the last time they could have been legitimately described as 'boys' would have been at least two decades ago.

    They kicked off by attacking the camera crews and then turned their attentions to Jeremy Clarkson and company. All of whom had to flee across Alabama, with 'the boys' in hot pursuit, until they crossed the Luisiana border.

    Clarkson's closing remarks were in the nature of advice to those considering visiting the United States. His words (or rather word) was "Don't."

    Doesn't it just thrill all you decent, pleasant and law-abiding folks to be represented internationally by bigoted thugs?
    Idiot bigoted thugs are not exclusive to the U.S. Seems to me that Clarkson and his crew were in good company. I mean they obviously went looking for a fight and for a cheesy way to misrepresent Americans and American society. Too bad "the boys" couldn't keep up.

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    michaelr

    Re: Top Gear runs for the border in Alabama...

    I did not see the video, but I am assuming that your referring to illegals, and the desire to stop them. Am I correct?

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    Zaragrunudgeyon

    Re: Top Gear runs for the border in Alabama...

    I'll bet there are parts of the UK where the same thing would happen. Just say something politically incorrect or ungreen and see what happens to you. Intolerance, haters of free speech.

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    Leo

    Re: Top Gear runs for the border in Alabama...

    Quote Originally Posted by Zaragrunudgeyon View Post
    I'll bet there are parts of the UK where the same thing would happen. Just say something politically incorrect or ungreen and see what happens to you. Intolerance, haters of free speech.
    There is nowhere in the UK where that is even remotely likely to happen. We have our own forms of prejudice and intolerance, but the dynamics of our society does not allow for that sort of reaction. Sorry, but the 'good ole boys' toting guns in flag flying trucks is a home-grown American phenomenon.
    Yee haw!

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    Leo

    Re: Top Gear runs for the border in Alabama...

    Quote Originally Posted by michaelr View Post
    I did not see the video, but I am assuming that your referring to illegals, and the desire to stop them. Am I correct?
    No, the incident which Top Gear reported had to do with driving cars emblazoned with 'provocative' slogans through Alabama. It seems pro-Democratic and pro-gay messages so enraged a section of the local populace that they wreaked violence upon the camera crews, and attempted to do the same to Jeremy Clarkson and his co-presenters.

    I must admit that it was a silly stunt, but I think even Clarkson and company did not expect actual violence, and being chased by trucks full of armed rednecks.

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    Sparta

    Re: Top Gear runs for the border in Alabama...

    Maybe they took exception to the guy's constant insults on American culture. People shouldn't fight, but at the same time some folks need an ass beating. It's a paradox.

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    Leo

    Re: Top Gear runs for the border in Alabama...

    Quote Originally Posted by Six View Post
    Idiot bigoted thugs are not exclusive to the U.S. Seems to me that Clarkson and his crew were in good company. I mean they obviously went looking for a fight and for a cheesy way to misrepresent Americans and American society. Too bad "the boys" couldn't keep up.
    Well, you are correct that their actions were provocative, but it was Americans who provided a cheesy way to represent Americans.

    A similar exercise conducted in the UK would have resulted in people shaking their heads in puzzlement, and muttering "Silly buggers!"

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    Leo

    Re: Top Gear runs for the border in Alabama...

    Quote Originally Posted by Sparta View Post
    Maybe they took exception to the guy's constant insults on American culture. People shouldn't fight, but at the same time some folks need an ass beating. It's a paradox.
    TBH Sparta, I doubt they even knew who he and his companions were. I have watched Clarkson's shows a lot, and I see no constant insults to American culture.

    He is a comedian, and American culture is this huge slow moving target to anyone outside your fair land. How could he not make the odd reference to 400 lb Americans? And who can resist the 'allure' of the dinosaurs you call cars in your country?

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    Sparta

    Re: Top Gear runs for the border in Alabama...

    I don't care for his humor, I think a good sense of humor starts with being able to laugh at yourself. I don't know if he's that sort of comedian, but from the impression I've gotten I don't think he is. How could he not make an odd reference to 400lb Americans, simple, he could start by realizing he's a bit of a slob himself. Very popular show though, different strokes I guess.

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