• Dec 10, 2009
What to Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May all have in common with the Village People? Well, nothing really, except for the fact that all of them were present and accounted for at last Sunday's taping of Top Gear in Britain. Sort of... actually, it was four men that the BBC crew hired to dress up like the stereotypically gay musical group of "Y.M.C.A." and "Macho Man" fame.

So, the next logical question: Why? To prove that Top Gear isn't homophobic, obviously. Just last week, word hit the Interwebs that a gay couple had been denied tickets to the super-popular British show due to a rule that TG's cast be made up equally of men and women. The BBC claims it doesn't deny gay people from its audience as long as the 50/50 rule is adhered to.

Never one to back down from controversy, Jeremy Clarkson reportedly said during the taping, "The truth is, we welcome homosexual couples. We particularly like the lesbian sort... I saw a film about lesbians on the Internet once. It looked very interesting." This is sure to smooth over any tensions between the gay community and Top Gear, dontcha think?

[Source: Mirror.co.uk]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      "What to" they have in common, indeed...
      • 5 Years Ago
      *facepalm*
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think they might be responding in kind to the over-sensitive reaction from the gay couple that was denied tickets. Two straight males applying for the same tickets together would have been similarly denied for lack of females, not for sexual preference. There have been a number of gay stars on the show and I don't remember any of them being treated poorly. (In fact Jeremy got along with one of them quite well, almost too well and was the butt of a few jokes from his fellow presenters) I think the negative PR is unwarranted because Top Gear I think is not prejudiced or discriminating - they're just not PC, and that's part of the reason it's worth watching.
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 5 Years Ago
        The star you are thinking of is Will Young. One of the funniest interviews of all Top Gear!
        • 5 Years Ago
        To be completely fair, I don't think these two guys being gay had anything to do with it. I think they were just jackhole attention whores with a huge sense of self-importance. Them being gay wasn't the biggest factor (IMHO).
        • 5 Years Ago
        People love to play "offended".
      • 5 Years Ago
      wow, three gay commenters in a row. queers4gears.com did get some requests from readers about this "story." as was said above, two straight guys would have been refused to. this gay can't get enough Top Gear, especially when they hide rainbow stickers on May's bumpers :-)
        • 5 Years Ago
        now, if i'm counting correctly, that makes five gay commenters in a row. :D


        my hat off, chaps!
        that's an absolutely perfect way of dealing with silly oversensitive people who get offended by bizzarest things.
        it's got nothing to do with those guys being gay and top gear couldn't respond in a serious way and therefore giving credibility to such stupid claims. it's a story made up by british tabloids, which could make even the queen look like a hardcore anarchist.

        and, btw, as someone commented earlier, gays shouldn't have real big problems getting a hag or two. :))
        matthew
        • 5 Years Ago
        Here's another gay fan of Top Gear.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Here's the 6th gay commenter. I lived in London for 3 years and Top Gear was the perfect way to end the weekend. This story is complete BS - these guys are just looking for something to b*tch about.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That was great they way they answered on tv, glad they aren't bullied by all these little cry baby groups.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The only people allowed to find Jeremy Clarkson offensive are (1) his barber, and (2) his tailor. Everyone else should just sit back and have a laugh or three.
      • 5 Years Ago
      lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      enough with Top Gear please, and forever
      • 5 Years Ago
      Haha Jeremy always finds a way to turn a situation into a joke, good for him!

      It's stupid anyway. This had nothing to do with their sexuality, it was just the 50Male/50Female ratio they want, and it's their show, so they have the right to do that. They didn't deny them tickets for being gay.

      I hate it when people spin stories.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It doesn't mean gay men are excluded.

        It means a gay couple is excluded whereas a heterosexual couple is allowed.

        This doesn't discriminate against men, it discriminates against homosexuals.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I completely agree. If the BBC didn't have the 50/50 rule let's face it, there would be a ton more guys than girls. Don't get me wrong Top Gear is by far my favorite show but how many girls are going to want to go to a taping? Probably not many. Besides the ones who want to see Richard anyways. And I laughed so hard when I saw the village people standing behind James and Richard! I love those three boys so much.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 50/50 rule may not have a discriminatory intent, but it has a discriminatory effect.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Chris: It has nothing to do with knowing the law; it has everything to do with knowing *math*.

        It does not matter if they were gay, black, Jewish, Middle Eastern, etc. 50% of the audience has to be MALE, and 50% of the audience has to be FEMALE. It's really not that difficult of a concept to understand; it's something that a number of nightclubs do all the time, albeit with a higher ratio of girls to guys (usually).
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Chris: And not to mention there are a large number of idiotic lawyers out there. Being a lawyer doesn't necessarily mean only you can analyze a situation. What lawyers do is exploit a situation and use them to make money.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Well I'm gonna go ahead and guess you're not a lawyer."

        Maybe not, but at least he has common sense.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well I'm gonna go ahead and guess you're not a lawyer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What if I have a split personality? Does that screw up the ratio?
      • 5 Years Ago
      i'm gay, i love top gear - gay guys always know plenty of girls so it shouldn't be hard for gay couples to find a couple of girls to bring along

      as for jeremy's comments, just have a laugh and every one get over being so politically correct
        • 5 Years Ago
        "And I'm not watching the show for the audience. I'm watching it for the cars and the stunts they pull."

        Exactly. I'm straight, and I can honestly say I can't remember a single female (guest or audience) that's appeared on the show. I don't pay attention to any of the guest stars, really; it's all about the cars. Period.

        I didn't even know there *was* a ratio till I read this story.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm gay too and nothing they have ever done has offended me. It's a great show.

        And I'm not watching the show for the audience. I'm watching it for the cars and the stunts they pull.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i wonder if he saw the same movie on the internet that i'm thinking of
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