Abbie Eaton, the pro-driver on The Grand Tour, has rubbished claims that the show is homophobic, after singer Will Young slated it last week.
Young objected to remarks made by hosts Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond during last week’s show, during which they described a jeep they were driving as ‘a gay man’s car’.
He took to Twitter to slam the comments, saying: “It’s insulting and they can’t rest on laurels of ‘oh we are just politically incorrect’. It’s sad and shaming, bigoted and for f*ck’s sake grow up. How dare they stereotype 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.”
Young, who once appeared on Clarkson, Hammond and James May’s old show Top Gear, also said he was mulling an official complaint to Ofcom.
In response, racing driver Eaton posted a picture of her kissing her girlfriend on Twitter.
It’s so homophobic they’ve even got a gay as their driver… 😂🤷🏻♀️ pic.twitter.com/CpfBC2TWbK
— Abbie Eaton (@AbbieEaton44) January 30, 2019
Clarkson, though he offered Young an ‘apology’, has remained pretty unapologetic about the sequence.
In a column in The Sun, he said that he couldn’t be homophobic, because he watches ‘lesbian porn’.
“Many gay people who’d seen the show said they couldn’t see a problem,” he wrote.
“None of my leftie friends could either. One even said I should tell him to stop being so gay. ‘I won’t do that though.
“And nor will I suggest, once again, that mobile phones should be fitted with breathalysers to stop people drinking and tweeting.
“No. Instead, I will apologise to Will for causing him some upset and reassure him that I know I’m not homophobic as I very much enjoy watching lesbians on the internet.”