Jeremy Clarkson Accused Of Homophobia After Jeep Jokes
Controversial television star Jeremy Clarkson is in the spotlight again, after being accused of homophobic comments made on Amazon Prime show, The Grand Tour.
In a segment involving a Jeep Wrangler, British media personality Clarkson joked with fellow host James May about the car's supposed reputation as being a popular vehicle in the LGBTQ community.
During the car's introduction in the first of two 'Colombia special' episodes, May asked Clarkson whether the vehicle was 'popular with the gay community'.
He replied, "What is it, lesbian, bacon, transgender?"
He then refers to the Wrangler as the 'LGBJeep' shortly afterward.
A Jeep Wrangler, similar to that used in the show. (Image Getty)
The remarks appear to be in response to a 2014 survey of listeners of the US radio show Car Talk which found the Jeep Wrangler to be the third most popular car with gay and lesbian listeners.
His comments sparked fury on social media, with British singer and actor Will Young describing the program as "bigoted" and "sad".
Young took aim at the producers of The Grand Tour for perpetuating narratives about "the gay Jeep".
But after receiving no response to his tweets from Amazon Prime , Young later said he would he take the matter to the UK's Office of Communications.
Young even hinted he may bring legal action against the Amazon Prime show.
Clarkson, on the other hand, tweeted his bemusement at the outrage the segment had caused.
Meanwhile, Amazon has not yet released any official comment relating to the incidents.
This is not the first controversy that Clarkson and his fellow presenters have been embroiled in.
In a 2016 episode of the show, Richard Hammond said that he doesn't eat ice cream because he is straight.
"There's nothing wrong with it but a grown man eating ice cream it's that way rather than that way."
Clarkson has also been accused of using the N-word during a 2013 episode of Top Gear.
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