James May considers Jeremy Clarkson’s article about the Duchess of Sussex ‘creepy’
James May described Jeremy Clarkson’s article about the Duchess of Sussex as “scary” but said he supported free speech and “allowed haters to hate”.
he, 60, who presents The Grand Tour with Clarkson and Richard Hammond, has dismissed speculation that the Amazon Prime Video program is under threat after Clarkson’s column in the Sun newspaper made allegations about misconduct and became the Independent Press Standards Organization (Ipso) most complained article.
Clarkson, 62, said he “hated” Meghan and had dreamed of her being paraded through British towns and humiliated in public, adding that “people my age are think so”.
The Sun later apologized and said it regretted publishing the column, while Clarkson said he emailed the couple on Christmas Day to say his language was “worth it” shame” and he was “deeply sorry”.
May, who recommended Top Gear on BBC to Clarkson before they moved on to The Grand Tour, told Martha Kearney on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Honestly, I didn’t read that stuff because I went. absent. Is that a terrible thing to say?
“Someone pointed out to me that he said something like ‘all people my age think the same’ – I wanted to keep recording and say I don’t. I’m only a few years younger than him.”
After Kearney read part of the article aloud, May replied: “Yes, I wouldn’t write that. I think that sounds a bit creepy, but I’m also very supportive of free speech and allowing haters to hate so we can see what they have to say.”
The Duke of Sussex previously called the article about his wife “horrible, hurtful and cruel” in an interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby to discuss his autobiography Spare, adding that what Clarkson wrote would encourage people around the world to believe it was an acceptable way. to treat women.
May also said he thinks the default speed limit should be changed to 20 mph but beyond that, there needs to be a “change of attitude” from drivers.
He said: “I live in Hammersmith in west London, this is an area where people seem particularly fond of running out into the street unnoticed, it’s their prerogative because they’re humans, not machines. hook.
“But 20 mph is fast enough and 30 mph feels too fast. And honestly, if you could get around somewhere like London or Manchester or Birmingham at a constant 20 mph, you’d be in for a treat.
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“I also cycle a lot around London and I think we can get overly obsessed with things like rules, street furniture, signs, traffic lights, etc.
“I think all of this, in the end, is solved with a change in attitude, not with a change in signage, infrastructure, color or anything like that.
“It could be a stepping stone to ending sectarianism on the road and making towns and cities better places for people to commute. But I think, in the end, it’s about a mindful attitude.”
Clarkson featured Top Gear from 1988 to 1998, then more prominently from 2002 to 2015, but was dropped by the BBC after an argument with a production staff member.
He, May, and Hammond then moved to Amazon Prime Video to do The Grand Tour, which first aired in 2016.
The second series of the TV station’s hit show Clarkson’s Farm, which chronicles the ups and downs of running his farm in Oxfordshire, will premiere February 10 on Amazon Prime Video.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/james-may-brands-jeremy-clarksons-duchess-of-sussex-article-creepy-42319038.html James May considers Jeremy Clarkson’s article about the Duchess of Sussex ‘creepy’