Ken Block Hooned Around London For Top Gear And Now A Load Of People Are Angry

The Top Gear production crew has angered many by having Ken Block performing his usual tyre shredding antics near the Cenotaph war memorial in London. But rather than another 'disaster' to hit the TG reboot, this is giving me a sense of deja vu...
Ken Block Hooned Around London For Top Gear And Now A Load Of People Are Angry

Over the weekend, Top Gear put on a pretty epic display of oversteer and tyre smoke with a certain Kenneth Block hooning around some closed roads in central London. Unfortunately, not everyone was happy about it. First up was Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osbourne, who tweeted about the “noisy episode” of Top Gear being filmed, and urged host Chris Evans to “keep it down please.”

Not so much of an issue given that George Osbourne is probably one of the most hated men in Britain right now, but more serious was the anger caused by some of the rubber burning taking place near the Cenotaph, the Whitehall-based war memorial which hosts the National Service of Remembrance.

Lighting up the tyres on Block’s Mustang so close to the memorial has caused anger among many. Retired British Army Officer Colonel Richard Kemp hit out at the Top Gear production crew, likening the Cenotaph to a cemetery and branding the filming that took place near it as “gravely disrespectful”. He also expressed concern that the structure could have been damaged had something gone wrong.

Chris Evans has since apologised “unreservedly”, and of course, all of this is being portrayed in mainstream media as another disaster for the Top Gear reboot. But, since we have Top Gear causing offence and generating an enormous amount of publicity in the process, this all has an air of familiarity about it. How many times did Clarkson, Hammond and May cause uproar while filming the show? To me, this seems to be bringing back a sense of business as usual to proceedings.

As to the Cenotaph issue, I’m sure causing offence was the last thing the production team wanted to do, and some credit is due for Evans holding up his hands and apologising so swiftly.

What are your thoughts?



ken was innocent he didnt know

03/14/2016 - 12:30 |
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Dude McDubbs

Ken Block should punch someone

03/14/2016 - 12:30 |
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ramses rizal
03/14/2016 - 12:30 |
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I can’t really see the problem, it was closed streets and they obviously needed consent to proceed with the stunt from authorities. They would have said something if it was in bad taste.

03/14/2016 - 12:34 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

the cenotaph is the place where every year we pay respect to the fallen, the people who died so that we could live in a free country and speaking english rather than german. The fact its a road isnt the problem, its the fact that the entire area is like a sacred place, almost every town in the UK has a cenotaph to mark the ones who that area lost in the wars.

03/14/2016 - 12:48 |
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I don’t understand why people complain about everything in life. If it doesn’t physically affect you then don’t worry about it. They didn’t physically hurt anyone so who cares.

03/14/2016 - 12:38 |
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H5SKB4RU (Returned to CT)

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

same with me!

03/14/2016 - 12:45 |
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Freddie Skeates

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

This is Britain. Everyone is always looking for something to complain about

03/14/2016 - 12:50 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

I’m sure if I did donuts around your families grave and said “”I don’t understand why you complain about everything in life. If it doesn’t physically affect you then don’t worry about it. I didn’t physically hurt anyone so who cares?”
You’d probably smack me in the mouth, and so you should.

03/14/2016 - 15:08 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

mhmm would you like me drifting around your grandparents grave?

03/15/2016 - 02:30 |
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Ken Block + Real Top Gear = The greatest thing ever

03/14/2016 - 12:39 |
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CJ 89

Serving British soldier here… I see zero disrespect in these actions. Should something have gone wrong and Ken crashed into the Cenotaph then I’d have been furious, so I can see how it could be seen as irresponsible, but I don’t see how it’s disrespectful. It’s an iconic landmark, this is a hell of a way to respect it I think.

03/14/2016 - 12:41 |
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CZ 69% Muscle

Jesus H. Christ,it’s like people these days are actively looking to b*tch and whine about the most trivial things:”They’re making noise and i can’t add up some numbers,wahhh” or “They’re doing things next to an old structure with permission and everything,I DON’T LIKE IT,NURRR”

03/14/2016 - 12:45 |
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Dion Cai

They even sent a letter to tell people ahead of time of what they were doing, and yet people still complain.

03/14/2016 - 12:46 |
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H5SKB4RU (Returned to CT)

definitely ken should have denied. if i was that skilled i would deny, but not because I’m a sc*mbag i just would do it to aid the good things Coming back, after all ken shares old tg fans too

03/14/2016 - 12:46 |
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