Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson criticised for beer tweet

Tweeted describing a beer placed in a cup holder in his car and Twitter was outraged

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Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has landed himself in yet more trouble after he tweeted about driving with a beer in a car’s cup holder.

The controversial presenter’s latest antics come as the BBC confirmed yesterday a contentious episode in Argentina – which prompted a formal complaint from Argentinian ambassador Alicia Castro – would be broadcast as planned.

Clarkson, 54, who was driving in Australia at the time, tweeted: “One of the best drives of my life. Gravel road. M6. Sun going down. iPod playing Blind Faith. Beer in cup holder.”

Social media users almost immediately rounded on the middle-aged presenter, despite him not suggesting he was drinking the beverage at the time of the drive.

Which was probably was exactly the reaction he was looking for.

As Lukas the Kop Cat wrote: “Clarkson is the greatest wind up merchant of his generation. And everybody bit. Top work, Jeremy… ”

Clarkson is in Australia’s Top End, in the northern territory, with Top Gear co-presenters James May and Richard Hammond to film a special episode.

The tweet has received only 600 retweets, whereas an earlier posting – of a tree Clarkson liked – has received double that.

Video: Clarkson apology earlier this year

It is not the first time Top Gear has come under criticism for alcohol consumption.

In 2008 Clarkson and May were criticised for drinking gin and tonics in the North Pole. The BBC Trust upheld the complaints, which it claimed “could be seen to glamorise the misuse of alcohol”.