Jeremy Clarkson cleared by Ofcom over "Elephant Man" jibe

Jeremy Clarkson has been cleared by Ofcom over his comments regarding a Japanese car and the Elephant Man.

The Top Gear presenter compared a Japanese car/campervan hybrid to “people with growths on their faces” on a February episode of the BBC Two series.

 More than 40 complaints were submitted by viewers including one from the Changing Faces charity, who said the comments wereoffensive and likely to have a negative impact on the way people with such disabilities are viewed.

“Ofcom recognises that the comments were potentially offensive to individuals living with facial disfigurement,” said a spokesman for Ofcom. “However, on balance we believe that they would not have exceeded the likely expectation of the audience, and any potential offence was justified by the context. We have informed the BBC of the issues raised by the complainants so they can be taken into consideration for future programmes.”

Source: Guardian

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