Jeremy Clarkson questioned by West Midlands Fire Service over fireman quip
Mirror visits Jeremy Clarkson's Diddly Squat Farm Shop
Jeremy Clarkson was cheekily questioned by West Midlands Fire Service today after the emergency services caught wind of the presenter’s recent tweet.
The Clarkson’s Farm host quoted his co-star Kaleb Cooper as he offered some “wise words” to his eight million Twitter followers.
The 63-year-old shared a tweet about farmers being more vital than doctors and firefighters.
Jeremy, who runs his Diddly Squat Farm in the Cotswolds, is often joined by fellow farmer Kaleb, who advises him on the technical details of using farming equipment and also assists him with various tasks.
Taking to Twitter on May 16, Jeremy tweeted: “You need a doctor once a year maybe and a fireman once in a lifetime, if you’re unlucky. But you need a farmer three times a day. Wise words from Kaleb Cooper.”
But the Grand Tour host was swiftly pulled up by the West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) team for using the term “fireman”.
The phrase has widely been replaced with the term firefighter instead – which has widely replaced the gender-specific reference.
The WMFS replied: “Fireman? Surely you meant firefighter, @JeremyClarkson?”
The post sparked some debate among social media users over using the term firefighters.
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Louise tweeted: “Clarkson I’m sure, didn’t mean it as people are taking it.”
Margaret argued: “No they’re still firemen and firewomen, I at least can tell the difference.”
David commented: “I know a female firefighter who calls herself a fireman. As long as they do a good job I couldn’t care less what they’re labelled as long as it’s not offensive.”
Bordesley added: “Whatever you are called, sincerely thank you for your service.”
The post comes as Jeremy found himself in a row over his plans to allow greater visitor access to his farm and its attached shop.
After the release of the show, tourists came to the Cotswolds in their droves, causing issues with the locals.
Jeremy had plans to extend the car park to accommodate 70 vehicles but West Oxfordshire District Council opposed it.
They claimed the extension would add traffic problems to the area.
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