Jeremy Clarkson Compares Charlie Hebdo Shooting With the Argentina Conflict

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After weeks of controversy have fallen upon the Top Gear team as the Argentina conflict seemed it will never end, the subject was finally closed. The three musketeers moved on to talk about another show they filmed last year in the wilderness of Northern Territory in Australia. Things finally took their normal path, when all of the sudden Jeremy Clarkson brings out the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack into discussion.
In October last year the three car fanatics headed to the Northern Territory in Australia to film some of their 22nd season. Now, Top Gear broadcast their Q&A session with fans they call An Evening With Top Gear. The live transmission went on the YouTube channel of the show and hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond have sat down to speak about their time in Aussie land.

Everything was quite normal, as the trio would talk about their wilderness adventures which involved rounding up some 4,000 cows on a 3.2 million acre farm while driving a yellow Bentley Continental, a Nissan GTR and a BMW M6 grand coupe. Like we said, Top Gear appeared to be back on track will all the regular stunts in the sack.

Clarkson: Are we allowed to offend? Or aren’t we?

But Jeremy Clarkson wouldn’t be who he is if he wouldn’t bring up some controversial subject into discussion, which is exactly what he did. “After the H982 FKL debacle in Argentina, many commentators said that because Top Gear had offended the locals, we deserved the reprisals. Strange then that just a month later, the ver same commentators were saying that the cartoonists on Charlie Hebdo magazine were perfectly entitled to offend whoever they liked,” the BBC star wrote in his weekly Sun Motors column.

We’ll remind you that on the morning of 7 January 2015, two masked gunmen heavily armed forced their way into the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. While shouting “Allahu Akbar” (which stands for “God is [the] greatest” in Arabic) the two men fired up to 50 shots, killing 11 people and injuring 11 others.

Charlie Hebdo shooting triggered world solidarity against terrorism

Shortly after the gunmen - who later identified themselves as belonging to Al-Qaeda’s branch in Yemen (Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula) - killed a French National Police officer. Five others were killed and yet another 11 wounded in related shooting that followed in the Il-de-France region. The attack leaded to massive solidarity reactions worldwide, which culminated with 11 January, when about two million people, including more than 40 world leaders, met in Paris for a rally of national unity. Reports are 3.7 million people joined demonstrations across France.

Charlie Hebdo is a irreverent and stridently non-conformist in tone publication. The magazine is strongly secularist, anti-religious and left-wing, and publishes articles that mock far-right politics, Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Israel, politics, culture and various other groups. The magazine was published from 1969 to 1981, and again from 1992 on.
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