Fans were “determined” to “grab personal images,” according to Jeremy Clarkson, who was “accosted.”
JEREMY CLARKSON recalled being “accosted” in a toilet cubicle by fans who were “trying to capture a photo of his penis.”
Jeremy Clarkson, 61, has been a public figure since joining Top Gear as a broadcaster in 1988. His witticisms, extensive knowledge of cars, and, as he’d like to imagine in certain circumstances, everything else, pushed him to international prominence, but it also brought with it some unusual encounters with fans.
A bunch of males appeared to be hell-bent on photographing my penis.
The Grand Tour hero has taken millions of photos and signed thousands of autographs for his huge fan base over the years, but one incident in particular has stayed with him.
He muttered, “I was once accosted in a freeway service station urinal.”
“A bunch of males appeared to be hell-bent on photographing my penis.
“Using the cubicles instead is pointless because once they know you’re in there, camera phones will appear under the door and over the side of the stalls in no time.”
After one of the young guys who videoed themselves “harassing” Chris Whitty lost his job as an estate agent and was charged with assault, he recalled the incident.
The Chief Medical Officer was filmed by two men as he attempted to flee their hands the other week, and while Boris Johnson and hundreds of others condemned them as “despicable thugs,” Jeremy questioned whether the punishment was proportionate to the crime.
It made him reflect on how people nowadays seem to live their lives in ten-second increments.
He described his own interaction in the toilet stall as “all of them contending for an Oscar.”
“That’s why Chris Whitty was followed down the street as he attempted to walk.”
Jeremy sympathized with the men’s recent censure, despite his own difficult encounters with fans.
He shrugged when asked if they intended to hurt or humiliate him.
“All they needed was some footage to make their Instagram account look more fascinating than Gaz’s and Shaz’s. That doesn’t make them ‘despicable thugs,’ though.”
“Certainly, I don’t understand why someone should be fired for being what?” he continued. Young?”
While we’re on the subject of fan reactions, he also noted that when he’s surrounded by fans in public, things “frequently turn.”