Statement regarding Top Gear Burma Special

Date: 22.04.2014     Last updated: 22.04.2014 at 17.44
Category: Corporate
Statement from BBC Top Gear Executive Producer, Andy Wilman, in response to complaints following the broadcast of Top Gear Burma Special, BBC Two, 16 March.

"When we used the word ‘slope’ in the recent Top Gear Burma Special it was a light-hearted word play joke referencing both the build quality of the bridge and the local Asian man who was crossing it.

"We were not aware at the time, and it has subsequently been brought to our attention, that the word ‘slope’ is considered by some to be offensive and although it might not be widely recognised in the UK, we appreciate that it can be considered offensive to some here and overseas, for example in Australia and the USA.

"If we had known that at the time we would not have broadcast the word in this context and regret any offence caused."