Jeremy Clarkson has come under attack for saying “God is embarrassed” by Australia “because he’s decided to set fire to it”.
The former Top Gear host goes on to say that “God didn’t want people to live in Australia” and suggests Australian residents “come home”.
“You’ll like it. It never stops raining. And we are better at sport,” he writes. The column he wrote, which appears to be the British broadcaster’s attempt at humour, was attacked on social media for being in poor taste and coming at a time when much of the country is on fire. Clarkson also suggests that Australia is “God’s laboratory”.
“A place far, far away where he could house all his experiments that had gone wrong. For millions of years, this big, sandy cupboard under the stairs went unnoticed. But then along came Captain Cook and now the world knows all about Oz and its stupid, dangerous creatures,” he wrote.
“Plainly, God is embarrassed. Because he’s decided to set fire to it. It’s been argued the fires raging across the country were caused by global warming or out-of-control barbies. But when you look at the footage, you know something biblical is going on.”
“Thousands of homes have been obliterated. And people are dying. This has happened before in recent years and there’s no doubt it will happen again. Which means people must accept that Australia isn’t meant for human habitation.”
The ranting didn’t stop there and Jeremy raged: ‘How dare you sail to America on a carbon fibre yacht that you didn’t build which cost £15million, that you didn’t earn, and which has a back-up diesel engine that you didn’t mention.’
‘We gave you mobile phones and laptops and the internet. We created the social media you use every day and we run the banks that pay for it all, so how dare you stand there and lecture us, you spoilt brat.’
Thousands of people online failed to see the funny side of Clarkson’s comments. Outraged Twitter users quickly branded Jeremy’s article as ‘shameful’, ‘crude’ and ‘insensitive’.