From the other side of the ocean

The presenters of Top Gear, a lauded and well-received BBC TV show about cars, recently weighed in on Mexico. According to the program's three caustic commentators, you wouldn't want to buy a Mexican sports car because it would be "lazy, feckless, flatulent, overweight, leaning against a fence asleep looking at a cactus with a blanket with a hole in the middle as a coat."  Here's the BBC itself reporting on the incident, about which the Mexican ambassador to England demanded an apology.

For those of you who read Spanish, here's a slightly more detailed version from Yahoo.

Some of my Mexican readers seem to think that remarks like these are all in good fun -- when the joke's on someone else. When I posted about the Mexican use of the word "negrito," for example, quite a few Mexicans commented. They tended to think I was a clueless gringo affected by the U.S. disease of political correction, unable to appreciate the cultural nuances. What do you think about the remarks of our hermanos from England? As the queen might be saying in this picture, "Cheers my dears, and down the hatch."