Suppose we can’t really call him a twat, can we?

Will Young has threatened to report The Grand Tour to Ofcom over its alleged “homophobic” content.

The pop star accused the Amazon Prime motoring show – hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond – of making “repulsive” jokes at the expense of the LGBT community.

During the latest episode of the show, the trio drive through Colombia, with Clarkson in a Jeep. His co-hosts suggests the vehicle is for gay people, with Hammond suggesting Clarkson needs a new grooming routine and a change of clothes.

He said: “Maybe some nice chaps. Suede but ventilated at the back.” Later, The Weather Girls’ hit It’s Raining Men plays from the Jeep’s stereo.

After raising concerns over the episode on Twitter, openly gay Young said on Tuesday evening he had received no response from Amazon, so industry regulator Ofcom “beckons”.

That’s a rather, erm, expansive meaning of the word homophobia, isn’t it? I mean sure, “hate the pooftie shirtlifters who’ll all get AIDs” might be something we’d prefer TV shows weren’t beaming into homes. But a very mild joke indeed about chaps?

Which, one should note, the point of which is that they are all ventilated at the back, that’s the difference between them and trousers anyway.

This sort of level of whining is as if the actress and Bishop stuff is anti-clerical. Or even luvviephobic.

He added: “Enough is enough and I’m pissed and fed up. I want Amazonprime 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. Is there a legal case ? Who knows . ……. watch this space.”

Young, who rose to fame after winning Pop Idol, said the show was guilty of stereotyping.

He said: “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.”

Get a life matey.

25 comments on “Suppose we can’t really call him a twat, can we?

  1. In the ‘Mail’, they expand a bit on the Tweets: “…And screw them and the show and Amazon (who by the way is a wonderful organisation I hope to forge a relationship..

    ‘.. relationship with through lgbt content ) for putting this shaming archaic trype out. …”

    So allow me to translate: “Gissa job! (or else).”

  2. Goes to Tim’s next post, when lads you knew were actually dying after contracting HIV. When there really was something to worry about. …Wanting to kill yourself because of shaming and laughter? Really?

  3. Why would he feel shame unless he felt guilty about it? No –it is some publicity move.

    All hatescreech laws must be revoked and the Marxist scum who created them punished.

  4. shaming? Will interprets this skit as meaning its shameful to be gay? The way i see it ribbing your friend, a middle aged outwardly straight man, that you think he his car choice has revealed something about his sexuality is not shaming gayness. If anything its shaming staying-in-the-closetness. Something stonewall do, to grand acclaim.

  5. Perhaps the talentless poof should also have a go at the LGBT-ers for compiling the list of cars popular among the alphabet sexuality community

  6. I’m glad to see he isn’t falling into the old stereotype of the hissy fit gay man with the vapours over absolutely fuck all.

  7. “Wanting to kill yourself because of shaming and laughter? Really?”

    It happens. But unless there’s thousands of well-groomed men with Judy Garland collections killing themselves, you might want to ask if it’s the shaming, or the individual.

    People don’t grasp this about mental health. The “thing” that causes someone some form of trauma isn’t harmful. It’s a catalyst for that person. People who have problems, and if you ask my GP about it, he reckons it’s probably genetic.

  8. “Perhaps the talentless poof should also have a go at the LGBT-ers for compiling the list of cars popular among the alphabet sexuality community”

    Or claiming that Abba is the favoured band of sodomy.

  9. Anybody know when the gays changed from being fun-loving libertines into sour-faced scolds?

    Kenny Everett wept.

  10. “Anybody know when the gays changed from being fun-loving libertines into sour-faced scolds?”

    1979. That’s when the left found out they could be used as a cudgel in their armoury of things to attack Fatcher.

  11. BiND – I’m wondering if Peter Tatchell isn’t patient zero for this outbreak of pompous homosexual fingerpointery. He looks as much a barrel of laughs as the KGB guys in GORKY PARK.

  12. “For God’s sake don’t let him watch any British TV earlier than about 1990.”

    Or even later. Kathy Burke and James Dreyfus in Gimme Gimme Gimme would have Will Young having a total meltdown. Which is hardly doing much to dispel the cliched image of gays ones has to say………Its basically post Blair that all the identity sh*t has taken off, so about 15-20 years. Gimme Gimme Gimme was turn of the millennium, there’s no way they’d get that script past the prodnoses now. I suspect Men Behaving Badly would be similarly verboten too now.

    “I haven’t watched it since the first series.”

    I watched the first few episodes of TGT and thought they’d disappeared up their own arses, and gave up on it. But I watched the Colombia special completely by accident the other day (it showed up on youtube) and was surprised to see they’ve toned down the international swankiness (‘look at me driving a million pound sports car round expensive mountains’) and seem have returned a bit to the old ‘3 grumpy old men having as laugh’ model that made TG so popular. A sort of Last of the Summer Wine with cars if you like. Which included in this episode repeated jokes about gay men driving Wrangler Jeeps and wondering what the largest export of Colombia could possibly be.

  13. “BiND – I’m wondering if Peter Tatchell isn’t patient zero for this outbreak of pompous homosexual fingerpointery. He looks as much a barrel of laughs as the KGB guys in GORKY PARK.”

    Tatchell is extremely sound on most of this. There was a preacher – of the more antagonistic sort – up before the beak for homophobia or summat for shouting about God hates Gays. Tatchell turned up and gave evidence in the preacher’s favour. Of course I don’t agree with what he’s said but he must be allowed to say it…..

  14. Tim – Yarp. I don’t mean to say Tatchell’s a SJW zealot (he seems to be basically a libertarian right-winger by Current Year standards, whether he likes that or no).

    More about the super serious, Thou Shalt Not Laugh attitude.

  15. So when is Will Young going to have a go at Matt Lucas for stereotyping gay people with some of his characters?

    Sorry, I forgot, that’s different isn’t it?

  16. Alan – is it?

    I reckon the LITTLE BRITAIN boys wouldn’t get a BBC series commissioned if they were starting out today. Their airport-based sketch show from about 10 years ago got flak for suggesting effniks can be humourous, and despite being the most popular comedy show of 2010 it wasn’t picked up for a second season.

  17. If Peter Tatchell wants to run for PM I’d vote for him. The man’s got principles and balls, which has 99% of the political class beat. OK he wants another bloke to lick those balls, but each to his own………

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