I know, none of us are surprised. It only took Jeremy one episode of The Grand Tour to offend a group of people enough for them to throw a fit about it. Now we all know that Jeremy is no stranger to offending people having been accused of racist comments and jokes in the past and on more than one occasion apologizing for said comments. It would seem that some things never change.
In the premiere episode of The Grand Tour Clarkson compared himself and his co-hosts to gypsies saying “This is our new traveling studio tent. We’re going to be roaming the world in…we’re going to be like gypsies – only the cars we drive are going to be insured.”
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In response to Clarkson’s comments, the Traveller Movement has lodged an official complaint with Ofcom, an independent regulator and competition authority for communications industries in the U.K., against the show. The magazine published by the same group also wrote that the joke was “racist.”
According to the Mirror, comments on the Chorley Romany Facebook page had comments from various individuals saying things like:
“They’d been in trouble for just this kind of behavior on the BBC, but now they’re on Amazon they obviously think that they can get away with it.”
“I notice that almost the first thing they did was make racist jokes about Gypsies not having their vans insured…”
Ironically enough even co-host Richard Hammond seemed to know they would receive a bit of flak for the comments telling Jeremy during the show “Stop saying things that are going to get us fired.” While there has been no official comment from Jeremy Clarkson or Amazon at the time of writing this article, one may be made in the coming days.
Now we just have to wait and see what kind of trouble Jeremy gets himself into in the next episode…