I’ve never been a fan of Top Gear, hearing only at second hand how awful Jeremy Clarkson was, but I am now appalled at both his opinions and the fact that Sunday Times gives him space to spew. I’ve quoted excerpts below the fold — you might want to skip them if a ranting ignorant transphobe would ruin your breakfast.
Jeremy Clarkson has attacked the trans community in his latest column for The Sunday Times – claiming the issues facing transgender people have been over exaggerated.
He begins the diatribe by claiming left-wing activistshave decided that we must now all turn our attention to the plight of people who want to change their name from Stan to Loretta.
As far as I was concerned, men who want to be women were only really to be found on the internet or in the seedier bits of Bangkok,he continues.
They were called lady boys, and in my mind they were nothing more than the punchline in a stag night anecdote.
Clarkson – who was sacked by the BBC last year – goes on to claim that he has joked about the issue with an NHS doctor, before slamming the parents of a trans child forindulging their whims.
I wanted to seek them out and explain that they were free to live a lunatic life, they must not – and I was going to emphasise this with spittle -, be allowed to poison the mind of a child.
It’s what kids do: dream impossible dreams,he argues.
You don’t actually take them seriously. You don’t take them to a hospital when they’re 10 and say,He wants to be a girl, so can you lop his todger off?
Because what’s going to happen five years later when he’s decided that being a man isn’t so bad after all and he’s in the showers at the rugby club?
This is just so far out there that I’m surprised that no editor stopped him and said that we do have some standards here.
Apparently, to his mind, someone who puts on a dress once or sneaks into the girls’ bathroom is now all it takes to be a transgender woman, and that transgender women are all prostitutes.
The BBC saw fit to sack him after 13 years on television. How long will it take the Sunday Times to come to their senses?