Should Top Gear cut the bad language?

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The boys are coming under fire for their colourful language.

The BBC has promised to curb bad language in its programmes, but it seems that Top Gear is exempt.

The popular show is broadcast at 8pm in the UK - an hour before the watershed - and is now widely regarded as family entertainment rather than a car show for ‘lads’.

But on the most recent show, one guest used the word b******s and the word t***** was sprayed across a car.

In another segment, the F-word had to be bleeped out seven times in five minutes, while the word s*** was censored so badly it was clear what was being said.

Irate viewers took to Twitter to question why such language was necessary. One said: “Come on BBC! Why so much swearing in a family show?”

Another said: “Some words are bleeped out but others aren’t. Younger viewers may be watching so either screen it after 9pm or cut out the swearing.”

The corporation said it would cut back on offensive language in 2009 after a survey of more than 2000 viewers found that even young people were concerned about its proliferation.

Most of the expletives in Sunday’s Top Gear were during a sketch in which hosts Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond attempted to choreograph a car chase in the style of 1970s police drama The Sweeney.

A BBC spokesman declined to comment.

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HJ, wrote

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04:08pm on 16 February 2012
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I used to watch the program until the fool used the Saviour's name in vain. Why isn't anything done or said to defend our religion !!!

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DrDream, wrote

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04:10pm on 16 February 2012
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goes to show how we and th uk differ when it comes to moral standards. all our comments say yes vs all the comments from uk in the article says no. unfortunately its their show so they dont care what we think. fake.

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martin, wrote

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01:12pm on 16 February 2012
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not a chance, its adult entertainment, its about the only repeat on tv worth watching over and over, if u dont like the language watch something else

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geoff, wrote

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07:02am on 16 February 2012
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Should Top Gear cut bad language? Only if 7de Laan cuts the bad acting...

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Malose, wrote

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05:07pm on 15 February 2012
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I like the show, they are not stereotype typa sho , i remember whatchin their show around the SADC region i like it , they can swear for all i care.

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Anonymous, wrote

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04:47pm on 15 February 2012
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Hypocrites! No swearing? Common, get a life.....! H D P

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Anonymous, wrote

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04:39pm on 15 February 2012
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OH MY GOD being used is completely unacceptable - and not part of British Humor

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Active, wrote

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04:35pm on 15 February 2012
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Whoever goes by what these Limeys say about cars hasnt a clue themselves.

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Aqeeb, wrote

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04:31pm on 15 February 2012
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Top Gear is a brilliant show. Enough said. Swearing and cursing at people is all part of British Humour. Stop being sensitive like females.If you dont understand the humour..DO NOT WATCH!!

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RS, wrote

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04:29pm on 15 February 2012
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Such BS. If it offends you or your kids, dont let them watch or change the channel?? Yes, its that simple - lazy parents!

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Bollox McFee, wrote

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04:19pm on 15 February 2012
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In 2012 is this really an issue? I mean really? I remember kids using far worse language than this back when I was in junior school in the 80s - so where did we get them from. Parents, do your f***ing jobs and stop bleating!

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Anonymous, wrote

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04:17pm on 15 February 2012
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Watch something else if you don't like the show - lots of other cr@p on the tellie

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Zia, wrote

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04:14pm on 15 February 2012
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Dont watch the damn thing, is sh*t British programe why would I watch something that has no sense of education in it anyway?? K*K MAN

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Anonymous, wrote

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04:09pm on 15 February 2012
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First of all I'm a big fan of Top Gear and secondly I like it the way it is, so leave them alone. Complain about something like the “u-fart” ringtone advertising if you have to b*tch about something.

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JJ, wrote

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04:06pm on 15 February 2012
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bla bla bla whatever,this is still a great show,Clarkson is a entertainer of note!!

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Henry S, wrote

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03:59pm on 15 February 2012
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Sh*t programme anyway...............wouldnt watch it if youpay me..................TYPICAL POMMIES.........they have to swear and curse to be interesting!!!!

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Bas, wrote

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03:59pm on 15 February 2012
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The reason the show is so popular is because it is reasonably "colourful". Take this element out and you are left with just another boring motor programme. If I have to choose between the two I'd take the risqué language over the sanitised version any day. One could consider imposing an age restriction on viewers, and the simple answer to those who remain offended, is that they should switch to another channel.

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Richard Campbell, wrote

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03:58pm on 15 February 2012
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I am disgusted at the amount of time the big idot uses OH MY GOD hope he has a good relationship with God althought I do think his conscience does not bother him and being in the public he sets a very bad roll model if you want to know why all the bullying and bad maners in schools look no futher as problems with todays society is not the big things but a thousand small thing and it starts with people in public who think they great but actually just bad example that kids tend to follow because they supposed to be (cool)I have stopped watchind this program and so aslo my family .

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The Lastword, wrote

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03:52pm on 15 February 2012
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British television is full of effing and blinding, Top Gear the least of their worries compared to the language used by Gordon Ramsay.

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TOKYO3991, wrote

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03:47pm on 15 February 2012
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@Paul... if you don't like the show, don't watch it. Problem solved, stop whining China. Clarkson & Co have a winning formula, the BBC won't fix something that works perfectly.

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