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BBC Apologizes for 'Top Gear' Joke About 'Lazy' Mexicans

The zinger based on national stereotyping was never meant to be "offensive," says a spokesperson.

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The BBC has apologized for a joke featured on its motoring show Top Gear that implied Mexicans are "lazy."

The Mexican ambassador to Britain had called for an apology after Gear host Richard Hammond recently branded a Mexican car "lazy, feckless and flatulent" and said it mirrored Mexico's national characteristics.   In a statement, a BBC spokesperson said: "Our own comedians make jokes about the British being terrible cooks and terrible romantics, and we in turn make jokes about the Italians being disorganised and overdramatic, the French being arrogant, and the Germans being over-organised,” the BBC said in a statement. “Whilst it may appear offensive to those who have not watched the programme or who are unfamiliar with its humour, the executive producer has made it clear to the ambassador that that was absolutely not the show’s intention.”