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Top Gear in hot water over burka show

ESPNF1 Staff
December 29, 2010
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May during the BBC Top Gear special © BBC

The BBC's Top Gear show has landed itself in hot water after the three presenters dressed in burkas during their Christmas Special in which they had to travel from Iraq to Bethlehem.

Several tabloid newspapers have, perhaps predictably, run indignant articles claiming Muslims are up in arms about the programme which was seen by 6.6 million viewers.

High-profile Islamic extremist Anjem Choudary, said: 'The burka is a symbol of our religion and people should not make jokes about it in any way. It would have been equally bad even if they'd not been in a country mainly populated by Muslims.'

An editorial in the Star, while not condoning the presenters' antics, said: "Hate preacher Anjem Choudary is the main rabble rouser against them. He also thinks Christmas is evil. Clarkson can be crass but he's no racist. Ranting Choudary is trying to spoil yet another British tradition. He's ruining it for the vast majority of Muslims who can take a joke. Don't let this hardline nut control our telly."

The BBC said it had not yet had an opportunity to assess viewer feedback.

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