BBC’s Top Gear apologises for ‘slope’ slur

Andy Wilman, executive producer of BBC’s Top Gear programme, has expressed regret for a remark on the show’s Burma special when host Jeremy Clarkson used the word “slope” as an Asian man crossed a bridge over the River Kwai. The term is a derogatory expression used to describe Asians. The comment led to complaints of racism and the threat of legal action from Equal Justice, a law firm specialising in discrimination cases, which accused Clarkson of “clear gross misconduct” and said his comments made the BBC appear “institutionally racist”.