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The Grand Tour episode 4: Amazon heavily censor Jeremy Clarkson show in India due to use of 'cow organs'

The Independent logo The Independent 19/12/2016 Jack Shepherd
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Last month, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May finally returned to our screens with the highly anticipated The Grand Tour.

The motoring show - the trio’s first since leaving Top Gear - was met with relative acclaim across the board, critics praising the presenters’ chemistry.

However, following the fourth episode reaching the Amazon Prime customers, there was controversy. The company decided to heavily censor the episode in India, cutting down the hour long length to just 30 minutes.

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Censorship is common in the country, with sex scenes often blurred out or cut entirely, but - with just over half a programme being cut - Amazon has received several complaints about The Grand Tour in particular, one report calling the censorship ‘heavy handed’. The segment in question that was cut included 'cow body organs' being placed on a car.

Amazon has since defended the censorship, revealing that the cuts were made with ‘Indian cultural sensitivities in mind’, cows being held in high stature by numerous Indian communities. 

Amazon is a responsible company and we are here to entertain the Indian customer with award-winning content from the US along with blockbusters from Indian and regional makers," the company told Mashable India in a statement. "We will keep Indian cultural sensitivities in mind while offering this content to customers.”

Meanwhile, The Grand Tour made headlines last week after reports detailed how the show was ‘the most illegally downloaded TV show in history’.

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