Former Top Gear host, Jeremy Clarkson, criticized 16-year-old Greta Thunberg who gave a speech at the United Nations, chastizing previous generations for their carelessness and claiming that they stole her “dreams and her childhood.”
His statements: “When a teenage girl has an angry, tearful strop, most parents just send them to their rooms until they’ve calmed down.” he wrote in his column for ‘The Sun‘. “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.” Clarkson wrote. “How’s this for an idea. Get back to school as quickly as possible and work hard in your science lectures. Because science is what will solve the problem eventually. Not scowling and having screaming ab-dabs every five minutes.”
“Many thousands of people who you had the temerity to blame this week are trying to do exactly what you want.” he added. “So be a good girl, shut up and let them get on with it.”
A day before the column was published Jeremy Clarkson’s daughter Emily took to Twitter to voice her anger over ‘middle age blokes’ not speaking kindly about Greta.
Jeremy replied: “Wouldn’t it be nice if she learned some manners”, to which Emily hit back: “A woman doesn’t need to be polite to make a point.”