James May has claimed The Grand Tour isn’t ‘scared’ of cancel culture after Will Young accused the show of using ‘homophobic jokes’.
The presenter said the upcoming series, The Grand Tour: Carnage a Trois, will stay true to the dry humour that he, Jeremy Clarkson, and Richard Hammond have, which originally made the show a success.
In a chat with the Daily Star, he said: “I hope we’re always careful about the jokes we make because we’re not actually trying to alienate people or offend people.
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“So I’m not aware that we made any crass homophobic jokes or comments. I hope we didn’t, but I’ll have to look back at it.
“I don’t think we’re running scared of cancel culture and all the rest of it but I suppose unconsciously and just like everybody else in the world, we’re probably reassessing how we think about things, which is no bad thing in my view because society is a work in progress and it must always move on.
“So we’re not entrenched. We haven’t dug ourselves in and said, ‘No, we’re living in the 1970s with 1970s attitudes, make us a cup of tea, love’. We’re not doing that. We’re actually quite modern people, I think.”
In October, former Pop Idol star Young blasted Hammond for making what he viewed to be ‘homophobic jokes’.
Referring to the time Clarkson was driving a pink Jeep in the Colombia special, Young told The Times: “The producers chose to make the main narrative ‘Jeremy Clarkson is driving a hairdresser’s car.
“Basically, Jeremy Clarkson is ‘gay’. They had him wearing a pink shirt. They spray the car pink. They have him playing ‘It’s Raining Men’.
“Clarkson was the least of my problems. It was Richard Hammond and it was the producers. They created the whole thing and it was Amazon that let it go out. I was so shocked and so upset.”
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