But that’s on the decline now. He’s no longer doing Top Gear after being booted from the BBC and The Grand Tour is more or less petering out, with Clarkson essentially blaming young people’s disdain for motors.
The ringleader, he says, is 16-year-old climate change activist, Greta Thunberg.
Greta Thunberg is far bigger than anyone could have ever predicted a climate change activist would have been, isn’t she?
The world’s full of climate change activists and essentially the only two who people know by name are Leonardo DiCaprio – but because of that other thing her does… acting – and Greta Thunberg, who is 16-year-old.
After her hugely impressive speech at the UN where she was visibly distraught, calling out world leaders for not doing enough to stop climate change, Thunberg attracted a dangerous amount of attention, with people falling on both sides of the fence as to what they thought of her.
Clarkson is not shy about which side he’s on, previously calling her a spoilt brat and now, in an interview with The Sun, saying:
“Everyone I know under 25 isn’t the slightest bit interested in cars — Greta Thunberg has killed the car show.“
He also spoke about his general malaise for Thunberg’s methods, while agreeing that climate change really is a threat to the planet…
“For the first time ever, we’ve had global warming rammed down our throats — and we’ve not been idiotic, it’s very definitely a thing. You can change your mind.
“Only an idiot doesn’t change their mind when faced with irrefutable evidence. The question is, what to do about it? That’s a more interesting debate than what is happening.
“[Greta’s] an idiot. Going round saying we’re all going to die, that’s not going to solve anything, my dear.
“Now, what I could do is go on strike, borrow a 50ft carbon-fibre yacht with back-up diesel engine, sail to America and shout at President Trump.
“I could do that, but it would achieve nothing. So instead, it’s time to talk to scientists.“
It’s been a while since I last heard about Greta Thunberg. Bit of a throwback from a couple on months back, eh?
She’ll be in the jungle next year.
Nah good luck to her.
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Alfie Powell joined as an apprentice and was probably hired because he was likely the only person who applied. He's been blagging his way through writing articles for four years now and he's definitely showing signs of slowing down. When not writing for The Hook, Alfie finds time to indulge in his favourite hobbies, such as drinking and sitting down.Follow