BBC’s Top Gear crew have been forced to flee its vehicles after a crowd became enraged at them because of a registration number of a Porsche driven by Clarkson.
Warning: Spoilers below
Top Gear is currently filming its new Christmas Special in Argentina, where the three famous hosts, Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, thought that they can get away with some black humor. The vehicles driven by them included a Mach 1 Ford Mustang, a Lotus Esprit and a Porsche 928. The German sports car had a registration plate H982 FKL. This has been said to be a deliberate reference to the 1982 war between Argentina and the United Kingdom over the Falkland Islands.
Top Gear’s executive producer, Andy Wilman, said that the issue has been an unfortunate coincidence and that Clarkson did not intend to cause political problems. The three hosts have been escorted to the airport and left Chile three days earlier than intended after protests by Falklands veterans began outside their hotel. According to the local media, “people have been injured and police cars damaged”.
“Top Gear production purchased three cars for a forthcoming programme,” as Clarkson told the Guardian. “To suggest that this car was either chosen for its number plate, or that an alternative number plate was substituted for the original is completely untrue”.
The video posted below is showing the three crew cars fleeing the scene. The panoramic view is showing an angry mob, police cars and lots of tension. The Top Gear crew seems to have left Argentina for Chile where they are expected to finish their Christmas Special. This isn’t the first time when has been offending people as he has used the “n-word” in the Burma special. He received a final notice from BBC that he will be sacked next time.
“Even the angel Gabriel would struggle to survive with that hanging over his head. It’s inevitable that one day, someone, somewhere will say that I’ve offended them and that will be that”, was his reaction.
The Falkland Islands war lasted for 2 months, 1 week and 5 days, between April 2 and June 14, 1982, and resulted in a British victory over the Argentinean army. The Brits lost 258 people, 775 were wounded and 115 were taken prisoners, while the South Americans lost 649 people, 1,657 were wounded and 11,313 were prisoners of war. The Brits were said to have killed three civilians accidentally in the conflict.