The singer has taken issue with the latest special of the Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May-fronted show
Will Young has threatened to report The Grand Tour to OFCOM after he took issue with a selection of “fucking pathetic” and “homophobic” comments made by the show’s presenters in a recent episode.
Young has this week posted a number of pointed tweets in response to the content of the Amazon Prime show’s – which is hosted by former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May – recent double-episode special in Colombia, which premiered on January 25-26.
Speaking about a Jeep Wrangler – which ranked highly in a 2014 Car Talk survey of cars which are preferred by the LGBT community – May asked Clarkson “isn’t that a very popular car with the gay community?” Clarkson replied: “What is it, lesbian, bacon, transgender?”
Hammond later suggested that Clarkson should pair his vehicle “maybe [with] some nice chaps, suede but ventilated at the back”. Clarkson also describes the Jeep as one that is “bought by people who like cruising the streets of San Francisco and Key West and Brighton and Sydney”.
Young took exception to these comments in a series of tweets which were first posted on Monday (January 28). Acknowledging his past appearances on Top Gear, Young then branded the presenters’ “quips” as “fucking pathetic and actually homophobic”.
“It’s sad and shaming, bigoted, and for fuck’s sake, grow up,” he posted. “How dare they stereotype gay men.”
After a brief break, Young decried the apparent “decision” by the producers of The Grand Tour to craft the narrative of the episode around “a gay Jeep”.
Taking to Twitter again last night (January 29), Young told his followers that he hadn’t received a response from Amazon Prime so he was going to take the issue up with industry regulators OFCOM.
“Enough is enough, and I’m pissed and fed up,” he wrote. “I want Amazon Prime and the producers of grand tour to meet young lgbt who want to kill themselves because of shaming and laughter and normalising of shaming homophobic narratives…”
Back in November, Young called for greater mental health support in schools for LGBT students.
“We have to look at the causes of mental health amongst LGBT people,” he told Radio 4’s Today programme. “It is because it’s still not tackled in schools. Nothing has been done about the misappropriation of the word gay, that used to mean happy. Now it means… that’s wrong, that’s disgusting.”