BBC Asked to Fire Clarkson

After his recent joke about lorry drivers, in which Clarkson said, as quoted by "Change gear, change gear, check mirror, murder a prostitute, change gear, change gear, murder. That's a lot of effort in a day," the BBC received numerous complaints from the lorry drivers' union, some viewers and most importantly from the Labour MP, Chris Mole.

"The murders in my constituency in 2006 were horrific and the community has spent a lot of time pulling together to respond constructively to such dreadful events, for Mr Clarkson to make light of murder in any circumstance must be a dismissible offence. To do so with complete disregard for the families of the murdered women should make this a matter on which I would expect you to take immediate action," Mr. Mole said in a strong-worded letter to the BBC.

"The vast majority of Top Gear viewers have clear expectations of Jeremy Clarkson's long-established and frequently provocative on-screen persona.This particular reference was used to comically exaggerate, and make ridiculous, an unfair urban myth about the world of lorry driving, and was not intended to cause offence," Mark Thompson, general director of the BBC, defended Clarkson.

The BBC said that they also received around 150 phone calls from different people who expressed their support in regard to Jeremy Clarkson's innocence, besides the complaining calls.

While the scandal was at large, a Glasgow based software company called T-Enterprise launched a game in which a rough representation of Clarkson's personal image was used to create a character that connects Jezza's joke about lorry drivers and the fact that some people claim it is a waste of public money to keep Clarkson on the screen.

“Jeremy Clarkson is a loveable rogue, but we think he’s overstepped the mark this time, so we figured we’d give truckers the chance for revenge. And not just truckers – the whole family can spend hours playing the game, running over and killing Jeremy Clarkson just for fun,” the managing director of T-Enterprise, Sadia Chishtas, said.
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