The Beeb Goes to the Boonies

Have I mentioned my unnatural affinity for the BBC? Of course I have.  I adore the Beeb. I watch news on the Beeb, for Pete’s sake, which is just sad when people from another country can cover the news here much better than the locals. But when networks start putting their anchor women in bikinis, you know we’re in trouble. Yes, that has actually happened. Multiple times, probably. Anyway…

So my new addiction is Top Gear. In this show, three motor-head Englishmen talk about cars and do ridiculous things like make space shuttles out of sub-compacts. No, I’m not joking. The stunt that really cracked me up, though, was when they came to America.

Do you think they went to LA or New York? Why would they? Overdone! Of even somewhere quiet in the Midwest, like the Twin Cities? Heck no. They went to gator eating, crawdad fishing, hot and humid hicksville south. They started in Florida, where they bought the cheapest most awful cars they could find. Then they drove them through Alabama where – get this – in an effort to kill themselves, they spray painted slogans like “NASCAR Sucks” and “Manlove Rules” on this sides of these old beaters. I was tearing up with laughter! Especially when one painted “Vote for Hilary” on his car. They were really tempting fate.

Well, they got what they asked for. They pulled in for gas at this tiny, stereotypical  southern gas station where Bubba and the boys came out to kick their butts. Thank God those beater cars could move fast. Oh, except the one they had to jump start first.

Now of course most of that was staged. But the folks in the UK won’t think it is. Heck, for all I know, it may have been real. My father is from the south, and trust me, there is a reason for some of those stereotypes. My uncle lives in Alabama, in fact, and  – well, we won’t go there.

At any rate, if you can get past the fact that the show was totally slamming Americans as being ignorant hicks (which was played with such camp, how can you not get over it?) it was the funniest thing I’ve seen on TV in years.

Seriously. Watch the BBC, if you can get it. Then you can come back to this blog and comment, saying, “Thank you, thank you Cate for enlightening me!” Or, more likely, “Cate, have you considered medication for that?” Whichever!


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