Ambassador lashes out at Top Gear star

BY CHARL BOSCH - OCTOBER 29, 2014

Argentine ambassador to the United Kingdom, Alicia Castro, has continued her blasting of star Top Gear presenter, Jeremy Clarkson, labelling him “an embarrassment to the British people” after last month’s number plate debacle during filming of the smash-hit motoring show’s Christmas special in Argentina.

Controversy arose after Clarkson and his co-presenter, James May and Richard Hammond, along with the show’s production staff, were pelted with stones near the coastal town of Ushuaia after locals took offense to the number plate of Clarkson’s Porsche 928 with the digits, H928FLK, claiming that it portrays the Falklands War of 1982.

Clarkson and Top Gear Executive Producer, Andy Wilman, have maintained that the plates were not an intentional stunt and that they only released the connotation three days into the 2 160 km trip from the ski resort of Bariloche to Ushuaia, where they were to stage a game of car football.

Speaking during a signing session of the book, Malvinas Matters - Malvinas being the Spanish name under which the Falklands are known, Castro described Clarkson’s rejection of the plates as intentional, to be “ridiculous”, adding that the Argentine embassy is awaiting a proper response from the BBC, after she had submitted a formal complaint to the broadcaster’s Director of Television, Danny Cohen, last week.

“It’s not the first time he has been so provocative – he did it in Korea, Mexico, India. He’s a serial provocateur,” Castro said.

“He wrote a long article in which he concluded that they wanted to throw him out of the territory ‘for being English’. We have 200,000 Britons living in Argentina without any problem. So we went to ask for a response from the BBC”.