BBC faces £1million racism lawsuit over Jeremy Clarkson’s ‘slope’ quip on Top Gear Burma special

Asian actress Somi Guha, 36, is taking legal action against the BBC over alleged racism by Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson

An actress is suing the BBC for up to £1million after Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson allegedly made a racist remark during the series finale of the show.

Indian-born Somi Guha, 36, has instructed lawyers after Clarkson used the word “slope” – a derogatory term for people of Asian descent – in the Top Gear Burma special.

Ms Guha claims that broadcasting Clarkson’s comment amounts to unlawful discrimination by a public body.

Her lawyers, Equal Justice, claim her action could cost the BBC £1 million in punitive damages under equality laws unless it apologises and takes the hit motoring show off the air.

They say she is one of a group of people who were offended by the term – and so sought legal advice from the firm, who previously worked on racism allegations surrounding reality show Celebrity Big Brother.

A BBC spokeswoman for Top Gear said the Corporation had no comment on Miss Guha’s action…

Jeremy Clarkson’s tweet (which does not seem terribly related):

I’m not a racist. I am currently sitting in a bar with a man who lives quite near Wales.
— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) March 28, 2014

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Slope as a racial slur? I guess I don’t get out enough because I have never heard of it used thus. This tendency to get outraged and start suing is getting ridiculous, I do know that much.

See article for the context. Feeling a little poorly just now and did not read the whole thing.

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