Jeremy Clarkson, the ex host of Top Gear and current host of The Grand Tour on Amazon is often the subject of controversy on the Internet. But this time around, it’s Clarkson’s co-host, Richard Hammond, who’s come under fire from the perpetually outraged denizens of Twitter—proving once again that it’s dangerous to have a sense of humor.
In a recent episode of The Grand Tour, Clarkson and the boys were talking about a new Rolls Royce when the discussion segued into a talk about ice cream. What could possibly go wrong?
“The only problem is that in one of those, you couldn’t enjoy a chocolate Magnum ice cream,” remarked Clarkson.
Hammond followed it up with a joke about how he doesn’t eat ice cream because “it’s something to do with being straight.”
As the audience laughed and applauded, Hammond’s co-hosts were incredulous over his statement, and asked him to clarify what he meant. Here’s how that exchange went:
“Ice cream is a bit, you know…,” began Hammond.
“You’re saying all children are homosexual?” Asked Clarkson.
“No, but…” said Hammond, to the laughter of the audience. “There’s nothing wrong with it, but a grown man eating an ice cream, you know, it’s a bit, it’s that way rather than that way.”
“Welcome to the inside of Richard Hammond’s head,” said Clarkson.
“I’m right. I can’t believe you can’t see that,” replied Hammond. “It’s easy. It’s in front of you.”
“You could enjoy a 99 in here,” said Clarkson, referring to the 99 Flake.
“You mean a 69?” Hammond continued.
“Ninety-nine,” said Clarkson. “But you couldn’t have the chocolate thingy.”
“My case rests!” Replied Hammond, referring to a joke Clarkson made previously in the episode, which refers to staining your pants while eating chocolate in a car can make it seem like you soiled yourself.
The joke was clearly set up, and the audience—laughter and all—seemed to be in on the joke.
Naturally, outraged progressives were quick to declare Hammond homophobic by missing the joke entirely.
Richard Hammond gags while explaining ‘men who eat ice-cream are gay’ on The Grand Tour, ep 6.
Are men that watch this show bigoted weasels? pic.twitter.com/G4W9ziqLch
— Hayden Scott-Baron (@docky) December 26, 2016
On the day after George Michael died, weasel words from terrified heterosexuals shall not fucking pass. #hammond
— Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy) December 26, 2016
The outraged masses bombarded Clarkson and Hammond with angry tweets reprimanding them for their sense of humor.
homophobia on a show about cars, the most classic white elephant of pathetic threatened masculinity, is so fucking tragic @RichardHammond
— Neil Milan (@neil_milan) December 27, 2016
.@RichardHammond HELLO I HAVE BEEN EATING ICE CREAM FOR YEARS AND I'M STILL HETEROSEXUAL WHAT I AM DOING WRONG PLEASE HELP
— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) December 27, 2016
.@RichardHammond But here's the thing, Richard. It's actually just offensive.
— Silly Old Daniel (@sillyolddaniel) December 26, 2016
The joke can actually be read in a few ways, including as a self-deprecating joke about sexual insecurity. Regardless of Hammond’s intent, what’s clear is that some people just don’t have a sense of humor. Had the hosts of The Grand Tour explicitly condemned heterosexual men, they would have been celebrated for being “woke.”