Jeremy Clarkson, BBC Sued By Clarkson Punch-Receiver For Racial Discrimination

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Long-time readers and/or just regular people may remember that BBC Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson was fired after punching his own producer, Oisin Tymon, in the face. Now Tymon is suing both Clarkson and the BBC for racial discrimination, thanks to the tirade that accompanied the punch.

Clarkson reportedly called Tymon a “lazy Irish c***,” according to the Irish Times, though it’s probably fair to assume “c***” means “cunt,” as is popular in the British vernacular.

Tymon is now suing for more than £100,000, according to the Guardian, and he is still technically employed by the BBC though “it is understood” that he hasn’t worked for them since the incident earlier this year.

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It’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out, but before you all start Stanning for Clarkson in the comments, it should be wise to remember that discrimination against the Irish is still a very real problem in the United Kingdom. Plus, Clarkson & Co. do have a history of racially-tinged remarks that have gotten them in trouble.

There was that time they pissed off the Romanians, the time they pissed off the Chinese, the time they pissed off the Mexicans, the time they pissed off the Germans, the time they pissed off people of Asian descent, and the time he was accused of using the N-word in practice footage that wasn’t supposed to air.

So like I said, we’ll see how this one plays out.

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To anyone still defending Clarkson and/or attacking Mr. Tymon, you are wrong. The facts aren’t being disputed here: a man was physically attacked and cursed out in front of coworkers by one of his superiors, someone with immense power at his workplace. There’s no need to take up Jeremy’s side here. These confrontations are often settled in court with compensation going to the victim, and I suspect this will be no different.