This week there has been another offended party for something that was said, done, shown etc etc, on the show. But believe it or not it wasn’t Jeremy Clarkson in the cross hairs. It, in fact, was Richard Hammond that made a funny that offended.
So what was it that Richard said that has child abuse charities in an uproar?
It was during the sports cars film when Hammond said, “Jeremy loves Alfa Romeos because back in the old days they were great, but not any more.” He then went on and added, “Plenty of things were great, Greece, Rolf Harris. Can’t love them now.”
For those who don’t know who Rolf Harris is, he was an Australian entertainer whose career has encompassed work as a musician, singer-songwriter, composer, comedian, actor, painter and television personality. As of July 2016 Harris faces eight allegations against seven females dating from 1971 to 2004 – one of whom is said to have been under 13.
Clearly the joke was just that, Richard making a funny. But it’s obvious that there are a lot of eager ears to hear things and take them far from context. According to Peter Saunders of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, “It sounds inappropriate. I think anybody who makes light of the rape and abuse of children have got issues themselves.”
This week Harris jokes, last week, smuggling jokes….next week? I guess we will have to wait and see.
The Grand Tour: Desensitizing the world one group at a time.
h/t: Daily Star