Del Boy might have got away with it simply by saying he had been a bit of a plonker.
Sir David Jason, however, found himself with a little more explaining to do after making a joke about Pakistanis on a live radio show.
Today the award-winning actor was accused of making 'inappropriate remarks' and being 'out of touch with reality' after making the blunder on Christian O'Connnell's Breakfast Show.
His gaffe came when he was asked to leave a question for the next guest.
The Touch of Frost star replied: 'What do you call a Pakistani cloakroom attendant?'
Following a brief pause, he then delivered the punch line: 'Me hat, me coat.'
Last night Britain's first Muslim minister Shahid Malik, who is of Pakistani origin said he was surprised anybody had found the joke racist.
'It really is a storm in a tea cup,' he said. 'Firstly it's not funny, secondly it's unfortunate because Mahatma Gandhi was Indian, and I don't perceive it as racist.