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Top Gear

Hey Brits! I need your help!

I know Top Gear's a very popular programme but I've never watched it. I've noticed that the show has a fandom on LJ and other places as well. At first I was surprised because... a show about cars? But I've been a fan of much, much stranger things so I decided I'd try to see if it appeals to me as well. So I googled Jeremy Clarkson and the stuff I found were... troubling to say the least. People I really admire or like have written some very nasty stuff about Top Gear's host. Just to name a few Steeve Coogan in the Guardian or Johann Hari in the Independent.

Honestly not trying to tell you it's wrong to be part of the Top Gear fandom, especially since I've never since a single episode, I'm just really, honestly wondering what appeals to the fans and what the fandom's based on. Is it the guys who host the show? I know I've seen some RPF fics out there but is it the main thing in the Top Gear fandom or is the show funny as well or something? Because they also seem to invite quite big celebrities on the show so I imagine the hosts must be good!
The shows we have about cars in France are just about the most boring shows you could ever think of. So what does Top Gear has that makes it watchable by people who don't like cars ('cos I know people in Edinburgh who hated cars but still watched)?

Once again, I've never seen an episode, but it seems like Clarkson's jokes can be interpreted as xenophobe or sexist at times, and usually fandom's quite sensitive to this.


Last time you all explained Jeremy Kyle so well flist, can you unravel the mystery that is Clarkson for me too pleeeease? :)

Comments

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sneakyangel
Feb. 9th, 2011 11:51 pm (UTC)
I don't understand it either as I cannot stand Clarkson. I'd quite happily punch him in the face.

Not much help there!
foui_the_brave
Feb. 9th, 2011 11:54 pm (UTC)
^^ Well from what I've gathered wanting to punch him in the face is quite a normal reaction to have!
People seem to have such extreme views on him...
sneakyangel
Feb. 9th, 2011 11:55 pm (UTC)
I don't think he is funny at all. I think he is racist, homophobic, sexist and a complete bigot.
foui_the_brave
Feb. 9th, 2011 11:58 pm (UTC)
But he is supposed to be funny, isn't he? Because I totally get that he's popular with the Daily Mail readers demographic, but LJ fandom? There must be something that appeals to geeks.
Even if it's just slash RPF I'll totally understand. For the moment I'm just baffled.
sneakyangel
Feb. 10th, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
Yes he is supposed to be funny, but I don't think he is at all. Clearly, I am not the demographic for Top Gear!
pinkfairy727
Feb. 10th, 2011 12:59 am (UTC)
Personally, I watch for the stupid challenges.

I do also like the facts they make up about The Stig. (He, or she, nobody knows for sure, is the one who sees how fast the cars go around the track and teaches the celebrities they get on each week how to race as opposed to drive normally.)
foui_the_brave
Feb. 10th, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
Oh so at least there is some fun element to it. I'll try and find the challenges you're talking about on Youtube.
And your icon makes me laugh so I'll check out The Stig ^^
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