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Former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson calls activist Greta Thunberg a 'spoiled brat'



Former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has taken aim at climate change activist Greta Thunberg, calling her a "spoiled brat".

Clarkson shared his views on the 16-year-old activist in his latest column for The sun.

The opinion piece referenced Thunberg's emotional speech at the UN last week, in which she chastised world leaders for failing to deliver on drastic action needed to combat climate change.

in The sun column, Clarkson wrote that, "When a teenage girl has an angry, tearful strop, most parents just send them to their rooms until they've calmed down."

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"However, when 16-year-old Greta Thunberg got on to the stage at the UN this week and had a full-on adolescent meltdown, she was deafened by the applause.

"Not from me she wasn't. Because I was in the bog, being sick."

Former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has called climate change activist Greta Thunberg a

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Former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has called climate change activist Greta Thunberg a "spoiled brat".

Clarkson said that if she was going to criticise his generation, he would criticise hers. His column listed a number of things he said adults had given Thunberg's generation, including mobile phones and the internet.

He said the adults from his generation gave those younger safety, ran their banks and completed aid-missions for people in need.

"So how dare you stand there and lecture us, you spoiled brother," he said in The sun column.

However he did agree with Thunberg that the world was heating up, and said she might even be right that man had something to do with it.

But he suggested Thunberg "be a good girl, shut up" and go back to school, and let the adults and science get on with fixing the problem.

Swedish activist and student Greta Thunberg, center, takes part in a climate strike, in Montreal last week.

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Swedish activist and student Greta Thunberg, center, takes part in a climate strike, in Montreal last week.

Clarkson was axed from Top Gear in 2015 after punching a BBC producer.

Clarkson isn't the first adult to criticise Greta and her plight against climate change.

Among the many who have dismissed or mocked the Swedish teen are New Zealand broadcasters Duncan Garner and Mike Hosking, Fox News host Laura Ingraham, and US President Donald Trump.

A contributor to the Daily Wire website will no longer be appearing on Fox News after he called Thunberg, who has Asperger's, "a mentally ill Swedish child who is being exploited by her parents and by the international left".

Following her speech at the UN, and subsequent barrage of criticism, Thunberg fought back and addressed the backlash on Twitter.

"I honestly don't understand why adults would choose to spend their time mocking and threatening teenagers and children for promoting science, when they could do something good instead. I guess they must simply feel so threatened by us."

Thunberg has previously addressed some of the criticism she's received on Twitter.

However there are also many people backing the teenager's efforts – one of whom is Jeremy Clarkson's own daughter Em Clarkson.

Em recently wrote on Twitter saying: "Wouldn't it be nice if all middle aged blokes could talk to and about Greta, the ballsy af teenager out there changing the world, like this."

Her father replied to her post saying, "Wouldn't it be nice if she learned some manners."

To which, Em Clarkson replied saying: "A woman doesn't need to be polite to make a point."


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