The latest episode of The Grand Tour, the motoring show hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond aired on Friday.
Titled a ‘Happy Finnish Christmas’, it has elicited some controversy after Hammond appeared to equate eating ice cream with being homosexual.
The incident happened as Clarkson commented on the cream leather interior of a Rolls Royce:
The only problem is that in one of those, you couldn’t enjoy a chocolate Magnum ice cream.
Hammond then responded with a 'joke' that even Clarkson didn't seem to find amusing:
I don’t eat ice cream. It’s something to do with being straight.
He later added:
Ice cream is a bit... you know?
Twitter reactions were… varied:
People were incredulous
The Biden meme made an appearance
People pointed out the juvenile nature of the comment
And trawled the internet for these:
He has been severely mocked
Many people gently disagreed with his sentiment...
Others were less gentle
There was a point to be made about normalising homophobia...
Hammond had not commented on the backlash at time of publication.