The BBC has offered an apology to Mexicans offended by the humor on Top Gear. The Mexican Ambassador had complained after the hosts joked that like all cars, the Mastretta would reflect the characteristics of its country. “Mexican cars are just going to be lazy, feckless, flatulent, overweight, leaning against a fence asleep looking at a cactus with a blanket with a hole in the middle on as a coat,” Richard Hammond said. Jeremy Clarkson said they wouldn’t get complaints from the Mexican ambassador because he would be asleep. (So really, he had to say something.) The BBC said it was sorry if some were offended, but jokes based on national stereotyping were a pillar of British comedy (and Top Gear), and while they may have been rude, they were not malicious. Here’s the statement:

“Our own comedians make jokes about the British being terrible cooks and terrible romantics, and we in turn make jokes about the Italians being disorganised and overdramatic, the French being arrogant, and the Germans being over-organised,” the BBC said in a statement. It also added, “Whilst it may appear offensive to those who have not watched the programme or who are unfamiliar with its humour, the executive producer has made it clear to the ambassador that that was absolutely not the show’s intention.”