Jeremy Clarkson banned from India and two other countries
In a recent episode of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” Jeremy Clarkson lists the countries he’s not allowed to enter. Unsurprisingly, he made headlines in all three countries where his jokes failed to elicit laughter and joy.
Jeremy recalled India and other countries when a question posed to the show’s contestant related to the Hindu god Ganesh, a deity widely revered by Indians.
“The Hindu god Ganesh is traditionally depicted as having the head of what animal? Clarkson asked.
The contestant seemed a bit confused with the options (A. Elephant, B. Tiger, C. Rhinocerous, and D. Cobra). Curiously, he then decided to take Jeremy’s help.
Bizarrely, he tells the contestant “you wear me out before you use the audience!”
Jeremy goes on to prove that the answer isn’t on his screen, nor does he have an earpiece. He is also not aware of the questions in advance.
Helping the contestant with the answer which was “elephant”, Jeremy goes on to talk about the countries he is banned from.
“But weirdly, I’m actually banned from India..um (looks at the audience laughing)..I..I really am, I tried to go there last year and I was refused a visa.”
“So it’s Turkey, Argentina… no one would want to go back there (alluding to the 2014 Top Gear Patagonia Special incident) and India.”
Luckily, the contestant and Jeremy get the answer right.
This brings us to the possible reasons why Jeremy is not allowed to enter these countries. Speaking of India, Top Gear India Special happened in 2011. Jeremy, James and Richard went on a “trade mission” to India, which was hilarious, but it didn’t go well for some of them.
Clarkson’s humor was not taken the right way and caused an outcry from members of the Indian government. I don’t know if this particular reason is the cause of his visa denial, especially since there is no official statement of his ‘ban’.
His visa could also have been denied due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so we’ll never know for real unless there’s official word about it. However, I think Jeremy was pretty lenient with India, considering some of the things he said about other countries.
Coming to Turkey, well, there was no controversy as such that came to light, who should deny a visit to Jeremy Clarkson. However, after doing some research, I came across a possibility of Jeremy being banned and this is from The Top Gear Middle East Special from Series 16.
Although the trio didn’t spend much time in Turkey, some of the things they mentioned might have pissed off the establishment, although it’s true. Things like traffic coming from the wrong side on the dual carriageway, UK Government Foreign Office advisory for travel to Turkey etc.
Turkey’s most watched news channel, NTV, says ‘exaggerated remarks’ were made in the program which “disparaged Turkey. The presenters wore body armor and helmets and said southeastern Turkey should be considered a war zone.
Doğan News Agency says the program “sunk Turkey with insults”, while Sabah says that “as they drove through Turkey, the three presenters exhibited panicky behavior (as a vehicle for) their fear propaganda”.
We bet the original three sages didn’t have to deal with such a diplomatic “upheaval”.
As for the Argentian, well, there’s not much to say about that since we all know what happened in Top Gear’s Patagonia Special. To cut it short, locals took the number on the license plate of Jeremy’s Porsche 928 GT a bit too seriously when the trio were driving through Argentina to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the small-block V8 engine.
They thought it was an allusion to the 1982 Falklands War, a conflict between the UK and Argentina. But in reality, it was just pure coincidence. The news spread like wildfire and locals took to the streets of Argentina, waiting to attack Clarkson for his jibe. Cars were attacked with stones, eggs and even pickaxes as the convoy sped by on its way to the border.
The trio returned safely but without the cars. Very sad eh?
And there you have it, three countries, three reasons and a fun presenter!