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Top Gear Under Fire! New Team Provoke Early Criticism on Social Media

Taking over the reigns of Top Gear, the BBC's flagship motoring show, after the departure of Clarkson and co. was never going to be an easy task. Especially when you consider the media attention around Clarkson's dismissal, the new team's appointment and the show's future prospects, which have collectively served to pile even more pressure on Chris Evans as the cast and crew hit the streets to film the new series. So, with eager fans and sceptical critics alike keeping a close eye on the show's progress, it comes as no surprise that they have already encountered some judgement from the online community.

The early backlash is due to a stunt performed over the weekend by Evans' co-star Matt LeBlanc and stunt driver Ken Block, which saw them performing 'doughnuts' in the vicinity of the Cenotaph on Whitehall.

It didn't take long after images of the stunt appeared on social media for the criticism to start pouring in. Many people accused the Top Gear team of being "disrespectful" and "insensitive" for filming near the memorial, with much of the abuse targeted directly at Chris Evans for what has been labelled as "a cheap publicity stunt".

This forced Evans to release a statement on the situation, in which he apologises for any offence caused and insists that he shares the belief that the footage should not be broadcast. His bosses at Top Gear, however, have spoken up in their own defence, saying:
"The activity actually took place around 40 metres away from the Cenotaph. All agreed in advance."
Their claim runs counter to those made by Westminster City Council, who insist they had only given permission for the team to drive up the road, and that doughnuts were never discussed or permitted.

Evans and his Top Gear colleagues, however, are not without their supporters. Mixed in among the critical tweets, abuse and hatred, there are at least a few people who see no problem with what the BBC have done here. They instead accuse the world at large of being too sensitive, hypocritical or, in some cases, purely ridiculous.

So what do you think? Should the Top Gear team show some more respect? Or should their critics lighten up a little?

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. Currently working as Editor of Social Songbird, he hopes to one day drop that 'aspiring' prefix. Follow him @Songbird_Sam

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Top Gear Under Fire! New Team Provoke Early Criticism on Social Media Reviewed by Unknown on Monday, March 14, 2016 Rating: 5

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