In the column for The Sun, Clarkson says that “God didn’t want people to live in Australia” and suggests Brits come home.
“You’ll like it. It never stops raining. And we are better at sport,” he writes.
The column, which appears to be Clarkson’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 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,” he continues.
“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,” he writes.
Many people online failed to see the funny side of Clarkson’s comments.
I like Jeremy Clarkson but I’ve just read his column piece about Australia and the fires there and was like this whilst reading the entire thing….. pic.twitter.com/e3A500Fefy
— Paul G (@LPP2014) January 4, 2020
As awful as headlines and contributions go, you’d be hard pressed to beat this by @TheSun & @JeremyClarkson
Apparently God decided to burn Australia & everything that lives there…..
I like a laugh more than most but this is 🤢🤢🤮🤮🤮🤮 pic.twitter.com/J73Gdx5Hz5
— Richard Poxon (@RichPoxon) January 4, 2020
@JeremyClarkson your article for @TheSun about the #AUSTRALIANBUSHFIRES is absolutely chronic and awful. Completely dreadful and so far from being helpful or constructive. To say that ‘God is embarrassed’ and that is why Australia is burning. You absolute turd
— jess curtis (@no27jess) January 4, 2020
via @PerilofAfrica Jeremy Clarkson Says Australia Is Not Meant for Humans as ‘Biblical’ Bushfires Ravage the Country: Australia has been hit by one of the worst bushfire crises in its history; at least 15 people have been killed since September and more… https://t.co/6lfzxTVYt8 pic.twitter.com/6FDPTiIn15
— MarthaLeah Nangalama (@mlnangalama) January 4, 2020
Couldnt agree more. It is a shameful, insensitive, disrespectful article. Can’t believe it even got published. Millions affected and he shows absolutely no sympathy.
— GemmaAttew (@GemmaCasey) January 4, 2020