The Grand Tour’s Richard Hammond Links Ice Cream to Homosexuality
Turns out the Hamster has strong socio-sexual feelings toward certain puddings.
During the most recent episode of Amazon's The Grand Tour, co-host Richard Hammond used a discussion of the pristine interior of a new Volvo to imply that only homosexuals eat ice cream.
The chat-in-chairs-about-cars segment, saddled with the unfortunate name "Conversation Street," was taped in front of a live audience. Host Jeremy Clarkson—a rather butch fellow who is historically the trio member least guarded against openly expressing racial or gender stereotypes—was guiding the show through the Volvo's interior, saying, “The only problem is that in one of those, you couldn’t enjoy a chocolate Magnum ice cream.”
Hammond responded, “It’s all right, I don’t eat ice cream. It’s something to do with being straight.”
Tall words coming from a tiny man who wears a goatee and conspicuously blowdries his hair.
The studio audience, somewhat surprisingly, agree with Hammond, and cheer enthusiastically. Clarkson and fellow co-host James May—who, it should be noted, has long, girlish hair—appear somewhat taken aback. “Why are you applauding him?” Clarkson turned and asked the crowd. Then to Hamster: “You're saying all children are homosexual?”
Hammond responded, “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."
This is certainly not the first time the three very white, very English car hosts have embraced bigotry for laughs. When they ran BBC's Top Gear, they overtly and covertly went after blacks, asians and Mexicans.
Amazon, which paid $250 million for the new series, hasn't released a comment.