The Grand Tour presenter Jeremy Clarkson has hit back at allegations of homophobia made by gay singer Will Young.
Young slammed Clarkson’s Amazon Prime programme a few days ago, writing on Twitter: “Enough is enough. I’m pissed and fed up. I want Amazon Prime and the producers of Grand Tour to meet young LGBT [people] who want to kill themselves because of shaming and laughter and normalising of shaming homophobic narratives.”
Young’s comments follow an episode of the show in which Clarkson and his fellow former Top Gear co-presenters, Richard Hammond and James May, discuss the meaning of ‘LGBT’, with Clarkson asking, “What is it - lesbian, bacon, transgender?” May also points out that a vehicle Clarkson is driving, a Jeep Wrangler, is “a very popular car with the gay community”. With The Weather Girls’ It’s Raining Men playing on the stereo, Hammond then says that the vehicle would be best paired with “some nice chaps, suede, but ventilated at the back”.
Responding to Young's allegation, Clarkson wrote in his Sun newspaper column: “Many gay people who’d seen the show said they couldn’t see a problem. None of my leftie friends could either. One even said I should tell him [Young] to stop being so gay. I won’t do that though. And nor will I suggest, once again, that mobile phones should be fitted with breathalysers to stop people drinking and tweeting. Instead, I will apologise to Will for causing him some upset and reassure him that I know I’m not homophobic as I very much enjoy watching lesbians on the internet.”
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