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27th Dec 2016

Richard Hammond causes outrage with gay ice cream comments on Grand Tour


Nooruddean Choudry

Very odd.

Richard Hammond is at the centre of a homophobia storm after making strange comments about ice cream on Amazon Prime car programme The Grand Tour.

During the Christmas special sixth episode of the Jeremy Clarkson fronted show, entitled ‘Happy Finnish Christmas’, Hammond seemed to connect eating ice cream with being gay.

It really is as bizarre and ridiculous as it sounds. In comments that have upset, offended and bemused a great number of people, the ex-Top Gear man conflated the two, and got a round of applause.

“I don’t eat ice cream – it’s something to do with being straight,” he said. “There’s nothing wrong with it, but a grown man eating an ice cream, you know, it’s a bit that way rather than that way…”

Even Clarkson seemed rather bemused by the statement, although he did say the word ‘homosexual’ as if it were a taboo word, whilst James May contributed a lewd reference to a sexual act.