Following a past episode of The Grand Tour, singer-songwriter Will Young has criticized host Richard Hammond for making what he considers to be homophobic remarks. After seeing Jeremy Clarkson pilot a pink Jeep Wrangler in the Colombia special in 2019, the performer was left “shocked and disturbed.”
Will told The Times: “Jeremy was the least of his concerns” and that Hammond was “the absolute worst.” According to Will, Jeremy was merely “the least of his problems,” while Hammond is actually the “worst one.”
“Clarkson is the least worst. The worst one is Richard Hammond … because he says things like ‘I’ve got lots of gay friends’.”
“The producers chose to make the main narrative Jeremy Clarkson is driving a hairdresser’s car. Basically, Jeremy Clarkson is gay. They had him wearing a pink shirt. They spray the car pink. They have him playing It’s Raining Men.
“Clarkson was the least of my problems. It was Richard Hammond and it was the producers. They created the whole thing and it was Amazon that let it go out. I was so shocked and so upset.”
Will has previously criticized the episode on Twitter and became enraged when fans rushed to defend the presenters, calling him a “snowflake.” AWill told The TImes that he wanted Richard and the production team to take responsibility for it after finding it “really annoying”.
A number of tweets were published by the singer at the time:
“1. I love cars always have always will. 2. I loved going on top gear 3. Excited about watching new Top gear and I’m afraid 3 heterosexual men SO uncomfortable with their sexuality that they reference in some lame way a Wrangler Jeep being a Gay mans car.
“…. and then 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 (who by the way is a wonderful organisation I hope to forge a relationship).
“Hang on they are doing more HYSTERICAL things . Pink roof now on Clarkson’s Jeep AND they are playing “it’s raining men” it’s SO funny I can’t contain myself. I mean being gay is just SO funny for those type of straight men @PrimeVideo.
“And you know 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.’
Some time later, he confirmed that Amazon Prime or Ofcom hadn’t been in touch, so continued his rant against the popular car show.
“No word from @PrimeVideo so @Ofcom beckons. Enough is enough and I’m p***ed and fed up. 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..
“… your time is up and it’s time to take a stand.
‘Gay men. I DON’T drive a Wrangler Jeep. I DON’T wear pink shirts . I DON’T wear arseless chaps. You can be honest and funny without this ridiculous “lad” ooh being gay and let’s laugh about it mentality. It’s repulsive and how DARE you do it and put it out @PrimeVideo.’
Will finished: “Is there a legal case ? Who knows . ……. watch this space.”
Nothing came from this.
At the time, Richard Hammond responded to these remarks: “I entirely reject any criticism of me being anti-gay.”