An Amazon Prime Grand Tour live studio audience applauded a comment made by Richard Hammond which insinuated that eating ice cream was gay.
Responding to a comment made by Jeremy Clarkson on the Amazon Prime show, Grand Tour, about being unable to eat an ice cream inside of a car’s interior, co-presenter, Richard Hammond replied,
“It’s all right, I don’t eat ice cream. It’s something to do with being straight.”
? hello & here's the full richard hammond 'ice creams are gay' piece and yeah, it's awful pic.twitter.com/JhDisRsc1Q
— ollie cole (@ProducerOllie) December 26, 2016
The studio audience after a few laughs erupted into applause. Questioning the applause Jeremy Clarkson, who looks slightly stunned by the comments asks the audience,
“Why are you applauding him? What do you mean? You’re saying all children are homosexual?”
Richard Hammond replies,
“What? What? Ice cream is a bit – you know… There’s nothing wrong with it, but a grown man eating an ice cream – it’s that way, rather than that way.”
The conversation then dives into a not so subtle joke about 69ing and a chocolate flake.
Many users of Twitter blasted the presenter calling him out on what they called his “casual homophobia” and demanded that he stop normalising homophobia. Some suggested the clip was aired to boost an underperforming show.
Dear @RichardHammond, casual homophobia has no place in 2016. You're in the public eye on a public TV show. Your voice is heard & it hurts.
— James Robert-Moore (@James_R_Moore) December 27, 2016
Let's rejoice at @RichardHammond homophobic banter. It's such an obvious publicity stunt that the show must be underperforming. Good news.
— glorafin (@glorafin) December 27, 2016
The comments were made on the sixth episode of the Amazon Prime show, which was called “Happy Finnish Christmas”. It was released on 23 December.
THEGAYUK reached out to Amazon Prime for comment.
In 2015 Jeremy Clarkson caused offence when he tweeted a picture about fudge packing. Jeremy uploaded a picture of himself and Richard Hammond standing outside a fudge factory with the caption “We have got jobs at last. Here. As packers.”