Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have been accused of “repulsive” homophobia after suggesting on The Grand Tour that a Wrangler Jeep is for gay people.
Singer Will Young blasted the trio after the third episode of the new Amazon Prime series appeared to stereotype homosexual men.
Branding the presenters “pathetic”, Young was outraged when May looked at the Jeep Clarkson was about to drive across Columbia and wondered: “Isn’t that a very popular car with the gay community?”
Afterwards he and Hammond also quipped that Clarkson might need a new grooming routine and outfit to go with the vehicle.
“Maybe some nice chaps,” Hammond suggested. “Suede but ventilated at the back.”
The trio are known for their ‘old-fashioned’ views
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A Jeep Wrangler was at the centre of the homophobia storm
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Taking to Twitter Young, 40, wrote: “Hammond and May’s ‘quips’ to Clarkson: wearing chaps, a pink shirt, he should get some moisturiser .
"It’s f***ing pathetic and actually homophobic. And screw them and the show and Amazon… for putting this shaming archaic tripe out. It’s insulting.
“It’s sad and shaming, bigoted and for f***’s sake grow up. How dare they stereotype?”
Warming to his theme Young, who once appeared on Top Gear and came out as gay in 2002, added: “I DON’T drive a Wrangler Jeep. I DON’T wear pink shirts . I DON’T wear arse-less chaps.
"You can be honest and funny without this ridiculous ‘lad’ ooh being gay and let’s laugh about it mentality. It’s repulsive.”
Will Young came out in 2002
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He was further incensed later in the film when Clarkson’s car gained a pink roof to a soundtrack of It’s Raining Men.
“It’s SO funny I can’t contain myself,” he wrote. “I mean being gay is just SO funny for those type of straight men.”
The Leave Right Now hitmaker made it clear that he also blamed the programme makers along with the presenters.
“What really f***s me off is this is a DECISION by the producers: let’s make one of the narratives the ‘gay Jeep’. How DARE you, you obtuse, bigoted, immature babies of men.”
A spokesman for the Amazon show declined to comment.
Some fans of the show, argued that Young needed to get a sense of humour.
“Learn how to take a joke,” one said. “They are not mocking homosexuality. They are making a JOKE out of it. It’s not meant to be taken seriously. Lighten up, man!”
Two years ago Hammond caused controversy when he suggested in the first series that eating ice cream was just for gay men.
He also received a backlash when he admitted he didn’t understand why LGBT+ people still “feel the need” to come out.
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