Former disgraced Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has attacked the transgender community in his latest column for the Sunday Times, a column that has since been removed from their website.
Clarkson begins his attack on the trans community by claiming that the struggles of transgender community have been over exaggerated, and that left-wing activists 'have decided that we must now 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. They were called Ladyboys, and in my mind they were nothing more than a punchline in a stag night anecdote.'
Frighteningly, after these comments Clarkson went on to tell a story about how he wanted to personally abuse the parents of a transgender child at an eight-year-old's birthday party, 'She was born a boy but had insisted from the age of three that she had a girls name and wore girls clothes, and later, she went to a girls school. And her parents had simply indulged this whim. I was horrified. I wanted to seek them out and explain that they are free to live a lunatic life, washing their armpits with charcoal and liking Jeremy Corbyn's thoughts on how ballistic nuclear submarines must be built by the comrades and then used as flowerpots. 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. 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?'
Clarkson also went on to mock the idea of transgender prisoners, a particularly insulting thing to do following the deaths of a number of trans inmates last year, before denying official figures on trans issues. 'I was told there are 650,000 people living in Britain today with some kind of gender 'issue'. Well, I just sat there shaking my head, because the simple fact is: there aren't'.
The kinds of comments made by Clarkson are the inane, hate filled dribblings of an idiot so desperate for public attention that they will say anything in order to get the spotlight shined on them. Clarkson has a history of saying homophobic, racist and mysoginistic comments that most people would have expected that it would only be a matter of time before he turned his bigotry towards the transgender community.
His comments have been met with outrage online, with thousands taking to twitter to condemn the things he said, to point out where his facts are woefully wrong and ignorant of scientific data, and where he's being just a downright disgusting human being.
Clarkson feels that children being allowed to live as their true selves and transition are somehow being harmed, and that their parents are 'poisoning' their minds. The sad truth is that this is not the case, children are born trans, whether parents want it or not, which is evident by the number of young trans people who do not have the support of their parents. Perhaps Clarkson is unfamiliar with these cases though, and assumes that trans children aren't put through psychological and physical torment by parents who don't support them, perhaps he's unaware of the number of trans children who self harm, the number of trans children who take their own lives because they have no support of parents. I guess in his mind these statistics simply don't exist, because then his whole view of trans people would quickly fall apart.
Clarkson admits that he likes to view trans people as a punchline, or some dirty sexual object that is best left hidden from sight. He laughs at our dead, condemns those who want to help and support us and denies our issues are even real. He even goes on to deny our existence by claiming that government figures outlining how many trans people there are in the UK are lies.
Jeremy Clarkson is a dinosaur. He's a man stuck living in the past because he's too afraid of the better world around him, a world where a straight, white man like himself, with homophobic, sexist and racist views isn't idolised, where he's held accountable for the things he says and does. Remember, this is a man who threatened to have someone sacked, then punched them because he couldn't have some hot food when he got back from the pub. That's the kind of disgusting person Clarkson is.
As said previously in the article, the comments made by Clarkson have already been removed from the Sunday Times website, so they at least understand that the comments made were wrong and have taken them down. Has there been an apology for it being published in the first place though? No. Does there appear to be any consequence for Clarkson's actions this time? Again, no.
A petition has already been launched to have Clarkson fired from his new show being produced by Amazon.