Clarkson in race row

Jeremy Clarkson will never shy from making controversial remarks in the name of 'comedy', and now the Top Gear presenter has created a race row after writing in his newspaper column about the environmentally-friendly aspects of his new flatscreen television.

'Like so many things in life these days, my new LG flatscreen television has an eco feature,' he wrote. "You can choose how much energy you would like to consume. Very little, a medium amount of tons.

'But one word of warning. If you turn the feature on, the screen dims so much, every programme looks like it's being presented by Lenny Henry in a cave.'

In response, Johnson Beharry, a soldier who was awarded the Victoria Cross for heroics in Iraq said: 'Remarks like this just aren't funny. They legitimise racism. People think it is acceptable to poke fun at people without thinking about the consequences.'

Race campaigner Lee Jasper agreed, and told the Daily Mail: 'People take it as a green light and think, 'Well, if Clarkson can have a joke at the expense of someone's race then so can I.

'It is not necessary. The whole point is Clarkson is naturally funny,' he added. 'There is no need to resort to racism.'

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