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BREAKING: Amazon Prevents Major Controversy By Censoring The Grand Tour

It didn’t take long before Amazon Prime’s show, The Grand Tour, to get its fair share of controversies. Already, people are upset about the latest episode where Richard Hammond gets stuffed into the bumper of an Audi TT, reflecting how it can be another way for “Immigrants to get into Britain.”

Now that Amazon Prime is making The Grand Tour available in more than 200 countries they can expect for any of these jokes to end up ruffling some feathers, and it seems they’ve already begun nipping things in the bud. According to one disappointed Redditor from India, they’ve noticed that the fourth episode, titled ‘Enviro-Mental’ which we have reviewed here, has been cut by over 30 minutes. Here’s what they had to say:

If you can’t see what’s wrong, episode 4 apparently lost 30 minutes of video content here in Prime Video India. Half an hour of the footage is not available to us.

This is just terrible. Amazon is forced to literally ruin the episode in India and cut out a huge chunk just because of a cultural difference: Jeremy’s bone car is made of a cow, which is considered sacred in Hinduism.

There has been a rise of vigilantism by people who have assumed protecting cows their life’s priority, and have even resorted to strong violence in some cases. The governments of some states have even tapped into such sentiment by outlawing slaughter or even consumption of beef, punishable by jail and heavy fines. Amazon clearly doesn’t want to get their property damaged or get into trouble with technically troubleseekers, and it is quite a stupid move – specially when you consider more than 99% of this cow vigilante group won’t even know about The Grand Tour or even the basics of cars, let alone follow it and then be offended by cow bones turned into chassis.

The series is quintessentially British and made for a worldwide audience which Amazon should realise, and there is no law in India that censors internet content – people put up highly controversial content on the net and get away without any legal action. It is ridiculous that Amazon is playing the censor board for us when one doesn’t even exist for our country’s internet and if they extend this treatment to TGT’s other episodes too, I don’t see any reason why I should stick to Prime Video and not illegal sites, where I was very content with quality, subtitling and the full episode as is.

TL;DR: Amazon removes more than half of episode 4 in India cuz it insults cows, some people so adverse to cow slaughter so Amazon scared, playing Ofcom when Internet here doesn’t even have censorship

We feel bad for fans of The Grand Tour in India, but this may just be the right move by Amazon. India is the second most populated country in the world with more than 1.25 billion people. That’s a lot of potential Amazon Prime subscribers, and it might be in Amazon’s best interest to not piss them off by showing footage of cows, a highly sacred symbol in India, desecrated and mounted on a car, and a British Land Rover nonetheless!

What do you guys think of Amazon’s censorship of the latest episode? Does this set a bad precedent or is this just good business?

(Source: Reddit)

Written by Hansen

The engineer amongst the crew, Hansen once built a mini baja car with his bare hands. Hansen had the opportunity to join Honda’s R&D team in Ohio but chose the life of the east coast and the defense industry instead. A die hard auto enthusiast he religiously follows the auto industry and loves long walks in the auto shows.

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  1. Top Gear didn’t make it as the Number #1 show in the entire world by being censored by the BBC. You’re going to make more enemies censoring then you will refusing to hand out butt cream for every idiot that takes themselves too seriously.

  2. This is wrong to censor this as you are paying to watch it. How many would complain if you paid for porn and it was all censored…

  3. I spoke with a friend from India once about the concept of the sacred cow and India, he laughed and pointed out that India is one of the largest consumers of beef in the world so unless Jeremy went specifically to India, located an actual sacred cow, shipped it to the UK and used that I wouldn’t worry too much.
    Amazon needs to learn to research it’s actions rather than implementing knee Jerk reactions based on someone in the offices vague knowledge.
    Personally I am not vegetarian but did find it a bit tasteless however that is freedom of speech and the media and I could have turned off if I wanted too.

    • I don’t get this. It’s entertainment. It’s turned in to: THIS IS MY FAVORITE SHOW BUT YOU DON’T ADHERE TO MY RELIGIOUS BELIEFS SO YOU MUST CHANGE IT TO MAKE ME COMFORTABLE.

      And unfortunately, if you yell loud enough then people take you seriously because if you don’t then the media backlash will destroy you.

  4. Don’t let foreign culture and religion dictate, it’s happening too much these days. We must stand together to push back these outside influences which threaten to destroy everything we hold dear.

  5. “It might be in Amazon’s best interest to censor content”? You couldn’t be farther from the truth. In India, the kind of demographic that goes for shows like TGT or any popular TV series widely differ from the ones that kill for cows. The major reason why Netflix and Amazon have a chance in India is because they offer uncensored content which our TV broadcasters are legally not allowed to. If they don’t provide this, they risk alienating the majority of users of such services. India is a country of 1.25 bn people out of which the ones that are on the internet fiercely defend their right to watch whatever content they want without the bullshit of illogical restrictions. Though it looks like Amazon has got the pricing bit right at less than $8 per year, unlike Netflix.

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