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Top Gear Jeremy Clarkson In America?  
User currently offlineFlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7279 posts, RR: 6
Posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3821 times:

So who here has seen the Top Gear series where Jeremy Clarkson went to the United States. I used to like this guy and liked his show and thought he would do only serious shows but the auto industry etc... But after seeing some of the you tube clips of his Jeremy Clarkson in America I now stand corrected. What rubbish it was. Was he desperate for viewers or he just wanted to make fun of Americans? A few things where funny yes, but did people in the UK really believe all he had to say? I highly doubt they did.(I hope) It reminded me of a Michael Moore movie and that’s not a good thing. I agree with him that America does not have the best cars in the world that’s why I drive a VW. But the UK is not exactly famous for their great cars either.
I just cant believe Jeremy Clarkson would do such a stupid thing on his show. Maybe I just never seen enough of his shows latley and this is how he is?
I don’t think I could find one thing he said positive about America.
Just want to see other peoples opinions on this show and if there was any good reason for making it. I am guessing Top Gear just needed higher ratings thats why they made a garbage show like this.


(Just search Jeremy Clarkson's America you will find a lot of clips)


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User currently offlineGoingAround From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3815 times:

British Humor... What can I say  rotfl 

User currently offlineAMSGOT From Sweden, joined Jun 2005, 337 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3808 times:

Quoting GoingAround (Reply 1):
British Humor... What can I say

Gotta love it!!! I think it's GREAT! Big grin



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User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8770 posts, RR: 42
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3808 times:

Did you get your patriotic feelings hurt?  sarcastic  Jeremy Clarkson makes a point of being a grumpy utter nuisance every now and then, you should listen to some of his rants on British towns and regions. There's absolutely no reason to call him an anti-American.


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User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3805 times:

Everything he said about Florida is true. He did forget Cubans though.

That particular episode did have some funny parts, but a lot of it was ignorant. I read somewhere that they wanted to do a Top Gear season in America with these three guys. I can't see how it would be good because they wouldn't say anything good about the cars.

Quoting FlyMIA (Thread starter):
It reminded me of a Michael Moore movie and that’s not a good thing.

A lot of Top Gear is meant to be in jest. Michael Moore tries to pretend he's serious, but he is still a bunch of rubbish.


User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24964 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3783 times:

FlyMIA, stop being a pansy  Yeah sure


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User currently offlineArniePie From Belgium, joined Aug 2005, 1265 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3779 times:

Quoting FlyMIA (Thread starter):
I used to like this guy and liked his show and thought he would do only serious shows but the auto industry etc... But after seeing some of the you tube clips of his Jeremy Clarkson in America I now stand corrected. What rubbish it was.

Top gear has been talked about a couple of times on Anet .
I said it before and say it again, the man (JC) or the show as a whole is over its top and nowadays they have to resort to all kinds of ridiculousness and even worse, real bad acting from all 3 of them, to get decent viewer numbers.
It (the Show) has become light entertainment and is very successful at that but shouldn't be taken serious in any form.
I personally put it in the same league as Big Brother or Temptation Island, nonsense with a large audience.

Still ,I remain a big fan of JC when it comes to his writing skills and I must admit that the Top Gear Magazine is still THE standard for me.
Also a lot of TV shows he made besides Top gear, like his trip reports through the other EU countries, his report about Brunell ,the story about his father in law, his TV show about extreme things and last but not least his talkshow where all top quality.

I hope he found a better, less infantile way, to make the next Top Gear series, if so I'll be back viewing Sunday at 9Pm.



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User currently offlineSv2008 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 622 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3779 times:

Quoting FlyMIA (Thread starter):
So who here has seen the Top Gear series where Jeremy Clarkson went to the United States

It wasn't one of their best - take a look at some of the others.

Quoting FlyMIA (Thread starter):
It reminded me of a Michael Moore movie and that’s not a good thing.

It's not like that at all really. It's just supposed to be a joke (even if they don't always get it right).


User currently offlineAntdenatale From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 178 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3776 times:
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A little bit off topic, but did anyone see the special last Sunday where they decided to try and drive to the North Pole? An awesome episode and one of the best yet!

User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3771 times:

You can't have watched more than one episode of Top Gear and still be shocked and surprised about Clarkson giving his worst to come across as a bigoted, xenophobic jerk, can you?  mischievous 

That's his pointBig grin


User currently offlineTom12 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 1078 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3762 times:

His antics are brilliant. I doubt he is being serious though, he just needs to moan about something.


Tom



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User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3757 times:

Quoting FlyMIA (Thread starter):
But the UK is not exactly famous for their great cars either.

No, only some of the most famous saught after cars in the world are from the UK :-

Rolls Royce
Bentley
Aston Martin
TVR
Lotus

to name a few.

I think JC has got it spot on with what he says about America, well 99% of it is true anyway.

 Smile



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User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3746 times:

Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 11):
Aston Martin

You see, that car is rubbish, but very cool (Sub-Zero).  Wink


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8770 posts, RR: 42
Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3746 times:

Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 11):
Rolls Royce

BMW

Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 11):
Bentley

Volkswagen

Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 11):
Aston Martin

Ford

Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 11):
TVR

owned by a Russian

Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 11):
Lotus

Proton

Anything more about British car manufacturers you'd like to say?  Wink You lot do have a lot of good things on your island(s), like no PM Tony Blair anymore, but noteworthy independent car manufacturers are not among them.



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User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3733 times:

Just because they are no longer owned by the British, doesn't mean they are not still British cars !!.

 Wink



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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 15, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3726 times:

Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 14):
Just because they are no longer owned by the British, doesn't mean they are not still British cars !!.

No. But their german engines just might...!  mischievous 


User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 16, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3718 times:
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Quoting FlyMIA (Thread starter):
Was he desperate for viewers or he just wanted to make fun of Americans?

You obviously don't know Jeremy Clarkson very well, he makes fun of anything and anyone he likes, he's an outspoken and very opinionated guy. Not only that, what he say's about America and Americans has some element of truth in it. Your ultra patriotic feelings have been hurt.  crying 

Quoting FlyMIA (Thread starter):
But the UK is not exactly famous for their great cars either.

The UK gave the world Rolls Royce, Bentley, Jaguar, Aston Martin etc just to name a few, it's just that foreigners love to own and run them. No other country has had so many prestigious car brands.

Quoting FlyMIA (Thread starter):
I am guessing Top Gear just needed higher ratings thats why they made a garbage show like this.

Nope. Top Gear is one of the most successful British TV programmes in the last few decades. It does not need to go to America to increase ratings, they only did that show to add some variety and international flavour to the show.



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User currently offlineTom12 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 1078 posts, RR: 13
Reply 17, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3702 times:

Quoting Aloges (Reply 13):
Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 11):
Bentley

Volkswagen

Regardless to VW ownership, Bentley HQ is in the UK.

Quoting Aloges (Reply 13):
Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 11):
Aston Martin

Ford

HQ is in Warwickshire, again the UK.



Rolls-Royce is also still UK based.



Just because the parent company is based in another country it doesn't mean they are. The cars are still British. Besides, British now or not, all the good cars they made (the classics) were British.

Jaguar is also another example of a good British car, the old ones particularly. Nowadays they have nice bodies with Ford Engines . . .

Tom



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User currently offlineAC773 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3666 times:

Just out of curiosity, I did the YouTube search that the FlyMIA suggested, and after sifting through a mountain of Kelly Clarkson videos, I came across what I thought was the funniest quote from the TG America special:



Just to clarify, I've lived in the US for 10 years, and even if I didn't, I'd still know not to believe what he's saying. That's not to say that I haven't met people in America who fit those criteria; but I know better than to take Clarkson seriously.

Bottom line, it's entertainment. If you don't like it; don't watch it. If it angers you, then you're missing the point and probably shouldn't be watching it in the first place.

More interestingly, I scrolled down to the comments section for the above video to find this gem from the man himself:  silly 

Big version: Width: 466 Height: 90 File size: 51kb



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User currently offlineFlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7279 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3652 times:

Well I stand corrected I never knew that his shows where like this and he was such an opinionated guy like this. All the Top Gear episodes I seen I never saw anything like this. Guess I have just not seen enough, Like I said before there were some funny parts I admit that. But still I hate watching shows that put portray things way over the top. Like the clip from Miami where the guy says yea your going to get shoot once you pass 79th street. I drive through Miami high crime areas everyday and I have yet to have any problem.  Wink
I guess I just have not watched enough top gear. I have seen things like this before about America etc.. But I just never expected it from a show like top gear.



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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21876 posts, RR: 55
Reply 20, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3632 times:

Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 4):
Everything he said about Florida is true.

Indeed it is.

Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 11):
I think JC has got it spot on with what he says about America,

About American cars, perhaps, but not about America in general. But one will get easily offended if you try and take him to seriously about anything.

-Mir



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User currently offlineCharles79 From Puerto Rico, joined Mar 2007, 1331 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3619 times:

Quoting Tom12 (Reply 17):
Quoting Aloges (Reply 13):
Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 11):
Aston Martin

Ford

HQ is in Warwickshire, again the UK.

And if I'm not mistaken, it's back in British hands after Ford sold it to a private consortium.

On the topic at hand, you gotta be able to laugh at yourself every now and then, although so far everything he said is true (sadly, in some instances as in the fat americans comment). Getting upset about it won't get you anything; if you find it offensive, don't watch. For years we have made fun of other nationalities (German, French, Japanese come to mind), so we better be mature enough to take it when it comes our way. Advice: don't be so sensitive!

Quoting ArniePie (Reply 6):
Top Gear Magazine is still THE standard for me.

100% agree!

Cheers,

Charles


User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8467 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3587 times:

Jeremy Clarkson criticizes anything that's not British. Most of the time it's just tongue in cheek kind of stuff that you shouldn't take seriously.

User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8770 posts, RR: 42
Reply 23, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3582 times:

Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 14):
Just because they are no longer owned by the British, doesn't mean they are not still British cars !!.



Quoting Tom12 (Reply 17):
Just because the parent company is based in another country it doesn't mean they are.

Just to clear it up, I was pulling your leg(s).  Wink Had I actually wanted to bash a British car manufacturer, I'd have mentioned Rover.

Just like Aston Martin are owned by, well, somebody else, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati are. Porsche is the only notable exception I can think of off the top of my head.



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User currently offlineGoingAround From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3563 times:

Quoting Antdenatale (Reply 8):
A little bit off topic, but did anyone see the special last Sunday where they decided to try and drive to the North Pole?

Classic!

This is one of the best bits:

Skip to 2:50!  Big grin


25 Post contains links EGGD : Believe it or not he criticizes everything that IS British, too. He just generally critizes everything that isn't him. Anyone who takes him seriously
26 Post contains images Klaus : And anything that is british as well, probably at least as harshly!
27 Post contains images Klaus : Oh, a certain fat, balding bloke gets his share as well, every once in a while...
28 Moo : Yes, Aston Martin is back in British hands as of March 2007.
29 Post contains images EGGD : Every once in a blue moon . Yeah the old man does send his fair share of crap his own way!
30 Aloges : Anyone remember the Reliant Robin spacecraft challenge? That was stellar, even though they did never make it past a couple hundred feet AGL.
31 Post contains images Pilotdude09 : I love top gear its an awesome show! The polar edition was really good! Laughed how James was the first person to just about loose the truck
32 Ajd1992 : Americans don't understand UK humour. I think he's brilliant, but American people who i've asked don't even know who he is, nevermind find him funny.
33 Post contains images BA757 : Not quite - he likes German cars - obviously can't fault him for that.
34 Post contains images AirbusA346 : As already said Aston Martin is owned by a private consortium headed by David Richards of Prodrive. Well their headquaters are still in Crewe and the
35 Post contains links and images Aloges : But they're not involved financially, I can't be bothered to find out who is. The Audi HQs aren't in Wolfsburg either. Even Clarkson admitted that we
36 Swiftski : My thoughts exactly.
37 Post contains images Leezyjet : Yeah I know you were. now now, Rover made a fine motor car, some of their best cars were made in the 1989-1999 period, just a period of very bad mana
38 BA787 : You name me one single US car that is better than the Aston Martin DB9, becaouse to be blunt there are none? Some of the American Top Gear shows are
39 Post contains images AirTranTUS : Wow, I guess you've never seen the show. They always mention they'd never own one, but that it is very cool. Sorry I hurt your patriotic feelings.
40 GDB : Clarkson is, as has been said, putting on an act to a degree. Top Gear, (the original version of which he made his name on), is deliberately fun lovin
41 EK20 : You really should watch Jeremy's DVD The Good The Bad and The Ugly. He brings out a dvd every year at Christmas. He made this last year - I have it at
42 AC773 : I have every single Top Gear episode on disc. I've also seen every single Top Gear episode, many of them more than once. And I still don't have a clu
43 Tom12 : Haha yeah, not many positive things going for them business wise. Cars aren't bad though. Thom
44 FlyMIA : Okay well I am over the America thing, I was just a little bit shocked when I first saw the episodes. But besides for that just wanted to say one more
45 Mir : I don't think that even Jeremy Clarkson would deny that the US was very influential in the early days of the automobile. But American cars have gener
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