Gay couples have blasted the BBC, after they found it impossible to book tickets to be in the Top Gear audience.
Tickets will only be allocated for the show’s audience to groups of four people and the website states that the party must be 50% male and 50% female. People have now claimed that this rule is homophobic and designed to keep gay couples out of the studio.
Simon Reeves aplied for tickets with his partner and was turned down. He told The Mirror: “I couldn’t believe it.
“Top Gear is the blokiest show on telly but we weren’t allowed unless we took a couple of female friends.
“It seems unfair that a married heterosexual couple are the ‘ideal’ applicants but same sex couples have no chance whatsoever.
He added: “It sounds like something Jeremy Clarkson came up with to ensure he didn’t have to put up with any gays.”
Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay rights charity Stonewall, told the newspaper: “It’s very odd, but what do you expect from pigs that grunt? Regrettably, with Jeremy Clarkson involved, it’s not surprising. The show itself is full of stereotyping of both men and women – but it’s funded by gay and lesbian licence fee cash as well as everyone else’s.
“Arguably, this is a breach of the Sexual Orientation Regulations 2005.”
A BBC spokeswoman claims that the 50/50 rule was in place “to avoid the entire audience being made up of men”.
She added: “There is nothing sinister going on.” But she admitted girls were sometimes moved around so they would be in camera shot.
“Viewers don’t want to just look at a load of ugly men,” she explained.