16:41 23 August 2012
Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has reacted angrily to the jokes he received in response to his online announcement about his beloved dog’s death.
Clarkson, 52, used the internet to announce the death of one of their family
pets that had to be put down at age 15. The dog was a Labrador named Whoopi. The announcement, however, was met not with comforting and supportive words from his more than 500,000 followers but with vile messages and insensitive jokes about his loss.
Clarkson recounted the incident in this month’s issue of Top Gear magazine. He said: “A few moments ago, my dog died, and as an experiment, I announced the fact on Twitter. Now, everyone must have known that when a family pet is put down, the family in question is bound to be upset. So you’d expect a bit of sympathy. And, in America, that’s what you’d get. Not in Britain, though.”
He began his story: “Moments after I posted my tweet, a man called Ryan Paisey asked ‘How does she smell?’ Adam Farrow said the news was ‘kinda funny’. Phil May wanted to know if it was James May’s fault, and Tom Green said simply: ‘Good’. All that in less than what Twitter calls zero seconds.”
He said the string of negative comments continued and became a ‘non-stop tirade of abuse’. He said that the incident ‘confirms his thory’ by proving that ‘Britain is a nation of 62 million complete and utter b*****ds’.
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