Jeremy Clarkson has come up against a huge backlash after he made comments about the Australian bushfires in a recent column on The Sun.
He began his writing with the following:
“I’ve suspected for some time God didn’t want people to live in Australia.
“He created it as a continent far, far away where he could house all his experiments that had gone wrong.”
He went on to list a number of the dangerous creatures around the country that is currently suffering from huge bushfires that have left thousands homeless, 23 people dead, and killed countless animals. He then suggested God was “embarrassed” by the animals and therefore set the country on fire.
“But then along came Captain Cook and now the world knows all about Oz and its stupid, dangerous creatures.
“Plainly, God is embarrassed. Because he’s decided to set fire to it.”
Below is a collection of tweets resulting from the column. As you can tell, people got extremely angry:
Sure he's joking 🤭
But 23 Dead, thousands displaced, many hundreds of homes lost, millions choking on smoke haze.. . Is not funny. 🤨
Send us your firemen, policemen, soldiers, medical staff.. But don't mock the trauma we're suffering.
— Tom Quinn (@TMMQUINN2015) January 6, 2020
@JeremyClarkson disgusting write up in The Sun today! Trying to be funny about the bushfires raging across Australia! Shame on you! And by the way, you’ve never been funny! 😡😡😡
— Nic Baykaa-Murray (@MrBM1alms) January 4, 2020
This Jeremy Clarkson piece in The Sun is extraordinarily disrespectful to Australia. Remarkable that it was published by a family, the Murdochs, who hail from Melbourne. Lachlan/Rupert should order it be taken down and then apologise: https://t.co/yYUK7lVLcE
— Stephen Mayne (@MayneReport) January 4, 2020
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Early nomination for the worst column of 2020. People have died, people have lost their homes and millions of animals have died yet you want to joke about it? Please never come to our great country https://t.co/6NSithrqbU
— brad davidson (@braddavo) January 5, 2020