British television watchdog Ofcom has ruled Jeremy Clarkson didn’t violate any broadcasting rules when the Top Gear presenter suggested he would deal with striking public workers by taking the time to “execute them in front of their families.” While Clarkson later went on to apologize for the remarks after labor unions began making noise about potential legal action, Ofcom said that the comments were meant as satire in their context. BBC has notoriously strict impartiality laws. The report went on to say that given Clarkson’s history of controversial comments, viewers are aware of his likelihood to offend.
Ofcom also said the presenter’s comments weren’t a reflection of his actual beliefs. Clarkson has seemingly made a second career out of garnering the ire of various groups. The equal-opportunity offender has managed to rile Indians, Mexicans, women, Christians, the Welsh, cancer survivors and most of the Arab world at one time or another. That’s quite the run.