WHEN IS AN INVITATION NOT AN INVITATION: ASK JEREMY CLARKSON, BAJAN REPORTER REFUSES TO SIGN LIFE AWAY & OTHER REASONS WHY TOP GEAR DESERVES BOTTOM DRAWER

When Britain first at Heav’n’s command
Arose from out the azure main;
This was the charter of the land,
And guardian angels sang this strain;

Rule, Britannia! Britannia, rule the waves:
Britons never will be slaves.

The nations not so blest as thee,
Shall in their turns to tyrants fall;
While thou shalt flourish great and free,
The dread and envy of them all.

Rule, Britannia! Britannia, rule the waves:
Britons never will be slaves.

Still mor majestic shalt thou rise,
More dreadful from each foreign stroke;
As the loud blast that tears the skies,
Serves but to root thy native oak.

Rule, Britannia! Britannia, rule the waves:
Britons never will be slaves.

Thee haughty tyrants ne’er shall tame,
All their attempts to bend thee down
Will but arouse thy generous flame;
But work their woe, and thy renown.

Rule, Britannia! Britannia, rule the waves:
Britons never will be slaves.

To thee belongs the rural reign;
They cities shall with commerce shine;
All thine shall be the subject main,
And every shore it circles thine.

Rule, Britannia! Britannia, rule the waves:
Britons never will be slaves.

The Muses, still with freedom found,
Shall to thy happy coast repair;
Blest Isle! With matchless beauty crowned,
And manly hearts to Jude the fair.

Rule, Britannia! Britannia, rule the waves:
Britons never will be slaves.

Rule Britannia
a song by Thomas Augustine Arne, 1740 {EDITOR’S NOTEI guess it’s ok to make everyone else slaves, right?}

In the end, my conscience won out, am not attending the Top Gear fiasco and will not be saying any more if I have to… But I will show what finalised the decision… I apologise in advance for revealing what was asked not to be published but this is to merely confirm an eMail conversation from since Friday 9 May;-

HE Mrs Victoria Dean, British High Commissioner, will be hosting a reception at her official residence Benmar on Friday 16 May 5.30 – 8.00 pm to celebrate the Top Gear Festival taking place in Barbados.

You are invited to nominate a reporter and photographer/camera crew to cover the reception. Only these representatives will be admitted to the event with appropriate ID.”

I decided I would attend so as to directly approach Clarkson on the debacle he started - did the British High Commission suspect? Initially, when I accepted, the diplomats indicated I was the first to respond and so all was good until day before yesterday; Thu. 15 May...

I decided I would attend so as to directly approach Clarkson on the debacle he started – did the British High Commission suspect? Initially, when I accepted, the diplomats indicated I was the first to respond and so all was good until day before yesterday; Thu. 15 May

Dear Newsroom,

With apologies for the late notice, I write to inform you that the invitation to cover the Top Gear Festival reception at the British High Commissioner‘s residence on Friday 16 May has been withdrawn.

Please could you stand down the team(s) which had been assigned to cover this event. There will be no admittance by the media to this private event.”

Wow, can the fear of a Media backlash be so prevalent? Well I was thinking of attending anyhow as I applied for Media Accreditation but they kept emphasising their Indemnity clause which MUST be signed before any special ID is provided, so I asked for a copy and received one!

Wow, can the fear of a Media backlash be so prevalent? Well I was thinking of attending anyhow as I applied for Media Accreditation but they kept emphasising their Indemnity clause which MUST be signed before any special ID is provided, so I asked for a copy and received one!

If I signed the following, I would be as idiotic as the legendary Esau who gave up his inheritance for a bowl of stewed lentils (incredulous areas highlighted for benefit of legal readers out there);-

DISCLAIMER – EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY, RELEASE AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK

MEDIA ACCREDITATION

TOP GEAR FESTIVAL BARBADOS  – FRI 16, SAT 17 & SUN 18 MAY 2014 

In exchange for being able to attend or participate in the event (and as a condition of this Accreditation), I agree:

  • to release Bushy Park Circuit Inc (BPCi) Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA)Top Gear Live, and the Barbados Rally Club, promoters, sponsor organisations, land owners and lessees, organisers of the event, their respective servants, officials, representatives and agents (collectively, the “Associated Entities“) from all liability for my death, personal injury (including burns), psychological trauma, loss or damage (including property damage) (“harm“) howsoever arising from my participation in or attendance at the event, except to the extent prohibited by law;
  • that BPCI, BTA and the Associated Entities do not make any warranty, implied or express, that the event services will be provided with due care and skill or that any materials provided in connection with the services will be fit for the purpose for which they are supplied; and
  • to attend or participate in the event at my own risk.

I acknowledge that:

  • the risks associated with attending or participating in the event include the risk that I may suffer harm as a result of:
  • motor vehicles (or parts of them) colliding with other motor vehicles, persons or property;
  • acts of violence and other harmful acts (whether intentional or inadvertent) committed by persons attending or participating in the event; and
  • the failure or unsuitability of facilities (including grand-stands, fences and guard rails) to ensure the safety of persons or property at the event.
  • motorsport is dangerous and that accidents causing harm can and do happen and may happen to me.
  • by signing this document the signatory acknowledges the temporary assignment of rights and permissions relating to the photographic and videographic capture of Top Gear Festival Barbados (the Festival) across Friday 16th   May 2014,  Saturday 17th May 2014, and Sunday 18th May 2014.
  • the assignment of the above mentioned rights and permissions limits the subsequent broadcast to no more than 2 minutes worth of footage in relation to the Festival in one scheduled program. This broadcast is not to exceed 2 minutes in one of the signatory (or their employer or agents) scheduled programs.
  •  7 days following the conclusion of the Festival on Sunday 25th May 2014 all rights the signatory, their employer or agents have accrued in relation to Festival, footage captured, the intellectual property of the Festival and the Promoter cease. 
  • should  use of these rights or content be required beyond this 7 day limit, written permission of the Promoter must be sought and approved before any use of the rights, permissions or content is used. 
  • no photographic or videographic imagery or content may be captured within the exclusion zones as indicated on the Festival map provided with all media accreditation.  Should any content be captured within this exclusion zone BPCI, BTA and the Promoter reserves the right to evict the media representative from the event, and should this captured content be broadcast or distributed in any manner whatsoever the Promoter will look to take legal action.

I accept the conditions of, and acknowledge the risks arising from, attending or participating in the event and being provided with the event services by BPCI, BTA and the Associated Entities.

 

Name:                                       Company:                                             Contact:                                    Signature:                                 Date:                            BIB#

Well friends & neighbors, if I agreed to all of that, then I could as well tattoo "ABANDON ALL HOPE YE WHO ENTER HERE" above my anus and have a large jar of Vaseline nearby...

Well friends & neighbors, if I agreed to all of that, then I could as well tattoo “ABANDON ALL HOPE YE WHO ENTER HERE” above my anus and have a large jar of Vaseline nearby… Instead? Here is my true sentiment!

Britain has a long and tawdry history concerning race and race relations, be it a major promulgator of Human Trafficking known as Slavery, the nasty invective displayed by Enoch Powell when Caribbean (slave-descendants) immigrants came to work in London & similar environs after World War 2, so the latest salvo added by Jeremy Clarkson even if as an outtake, is more than unnecessary in a sad list that is way too long!

This motoring festival does not deserve the respect of my attendance as a tacit form of approval, I would dishonour my African and Carib ancestors and have no true right to hold my head up as a person who defends people’s rights. Besides, do spectators abjure their rights to redress in cases of death, dismemberment or loss of property at this event, whosoever responsible? They really better look carefully at their tickets!

{EDITOR’s NOTE: I still possess all relevant emails and Microsoft Word Documents as verification of what created gist for Fair Use & Commentary in this article}

 

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  1. What a load of complete nonsense and drivel. That is a standard motorsport event release form form the world over. Take your hate-mongering elsewhere. Those of us at the SOLD OUT festival will not miss you and your stirring.

  2. FFS leave the guy alone! He didn’t even say the forbidden word! I’m pretty sure he doesn’t agree with slavery! Over 200 girls have been kidnapped and will probably my be sold as slaves – get some perspective!

  3. The presence in Barbados of Jeremy Clarkson (producer and presenter of the BBC’s Top Gear television programme) as an honoured, invited guest of the Government of Barbados is a disgrace and a blot upon the good name of our country.

    At present, Mr. Clarkson is the object of outrage in his native Britain over the latest in a string of insensitive racial remarks that have emanated from his mouth over the years. Indeed, throughout Britain there is an ever increasing public demand for Clarkson’s dismissal from the BBC!

    A few weeks ago Britain’s Mirror newspaper broke the news that Clarkson had been filmed using the word “n**ger” in a segment that was being produced for his Top Gear television programme. Clarkson initially denied having used the word, but subsequently retracted his denial and issued an apology of sorts.

    However, Clarkson’s apology hasn’t gone down well in Britain – and shouldn’t go down well in Barbados either — for the simple reason that this is not the first time that Clarkson has made demeaning statements about non-White people.

    Recently, Britain’s Daily Telegraph published an article outlining what they considered to be Clarkson’s top 10 offensive “gaffes“. These included his 2013 use of the word “slope“- a derogatory term for people of Asian descent; his January 2012 insulting of Indians, their culture and history; his February 2011 xenophobic reference to Mexicans; his April 2007 reference to Malaysians as “jungle people who wear leaves as shoes“; his October 2009 offensive reference to “black Muslim lesbians”; and his December 2005 making of a Nazi salute!

    Based on this record, Jeremy Clarkson is not the type of person we should want to see in our country period! Furthermore, the last thing we should want to do is to give the impression to our impressionable young people (and the not so young ones as well) that there is nothing wrong with the type demeaning racist sentiments that are now synonymous with Jeremy Clarkson! The very last thing we should want to do is to give our youth the impression that it is acceptable to perceive of a Jeremy Clarkson as some type of acceptable celebrity or media hero.

    In light of our history of slavery and anti-black racism, we Barbadians– of all people– should evince an attitude of zero tolerance of all aspects of anti-Black racism or racial discrimination. Whenever racism or anti-Black discrimination raises its ugly head we should be the first people to express outrage and to strike it down.

    For far too long now we have borne the brunt of cruel and racist put downs of people who look like us– Black and otherwise non-European people. It is time for it to stop! And we must play our role in helping to signal to the entire world that no vestige of anti-Black racism will be tolerated.

    Our Government has therefore let us down badly by inviting Jeremy Clarkson to come to Barbados as an honoured guest. They have shamed us and have made us out to be a nation that is lacking in racial pride and self respect.

    It is against this background therefore that the Clement Payne Movement wishes to publicly declare that our organization denounces Jeremy Clarkson and all that he stands for, and that we consider him persona non grata whose presence among us is anathema to us.

    DAVID COMISSIONG
    President

  4. If Ni99a is a prohibited word then why are blacks using it to call other blacks. I often hear black men call other black men ni99as and there isn’t uproar. The word ni99a has been popularised by blacks in various forms of music which other races listen to. The music is so popular that in some places where there are no blacks, there are white people calling each other ni99as

  5. It seems if everyone does it then this is ok, I am not so minded – personally, the same way names can be retired if a Hurricane was deadly (as in Katrina or Ivan) then words too should be retired such as the same you referred to, considering that word’s original connotation…

  6. Did you watch the video?

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