In a recent column for The Times, Jeremy Clarkson discussed the idea of how Britain has a “weird national characteristic” for supporting an underdog. In doing so, he mentions F1 driver Sir Lewis Hamilton, eventually referring to him as a “God-bothering nuisance”.
The ex-Top Gear presenter was keen to ruffle some feathers in his writing as he brings up not only the Mercedes driver, but Elon Musk and Prime Minister Dominic Raab as he compared to two, calling them “mad and tactless”. Discussing the World Cup, a trending subject right now, he questioned why Britain looks to support the “lazy and the talentless” over those who have worked harder and thus gained more success.
“Why do we want the lazy and the talentless to triumph over the gifted grafter?” the presenter asks before continuing to the subject of why Britain no longer supports Hamilton since he started dominating in the sport.
“We loved Lewis Hamilton until he became the greatest racing driver in history,” he wrote.
“Then we all thought he was a God-bothering nuisance. We loved James Corden too, but since he conquered America, we all want to stick pins in him.
“And the only way these guys can worm their way back into our hearts is to spend all their money on strong cider and become tramps.”
He wrote further, now covering the management of Twitter by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, adding how he wasn’t a fan of the SpaceX owner after he tried to sue Jeremy for a segment on Top Gear, but he feels sorry for him because he’s now seen as a bad guy:
“I’m no Elon Musk enthusiast — he tried to sue me once for saying his terrible car was terrible — but, as far as I can tell, he recently bought Twitter for a big lump of money and sent a message to all its staff saying that they must, from now on, work very hard.
“As many of the staff in question are young people who won prizes in school running races for coming last, they couldn’t understand this instruction at all.
“So they burst into tears and walked out, and all last week they were showered with sympathy because they’re the little guy and Musk is rich and successful. So he’s wrong.”
The Clarkson’s Farm presenter has a remedy for this sickness, however:
“I think we need to be cured of this peculiar affliction before it gets out of hand, so what I propose is a game of football between Russia and a team from the sex offenders’ wing at Wormwood Scrubs.
“Because how’s your underdog sympathy policy going to pan out in a clash like that? Or, better still, a tennis match between Prince Andrew and James Corden.”