Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson is rapidly becoming the most outspoken – and often inappropriately so – man on TV, and today, he’s courted fresh controversy by branding people who commit suicide as “selfish.”
He made his remark specifically about people who chose death by oncoming train as their manner of earthly exit, saying that they caused “immense disruption” to commuters.
As we reported yesterday, Jeremy apologised for causing an outrage earlier in the week by saying striking workers should “shot”, but as yet, no apology for his latest remark has been forthcoming
Writing for his column in the Sun, Jeremy said, “I have the deepest sympathy for anyone whose life is so mangled and messed up that they believe death’s icy embrace will be better.”
However, he then added, “Hurling themselves in front of a speeding train is a very selfish way to go, because the disruption it causes is immense…
“And think what it’s like for the poor train driver who sees you lying on the line and can do absolutely nothing to avoid a collision.”
Calling those who chose to die in that manner “Johnny Suicide”, Jeremy added, “The train cannot be removed nor the line re-opened until all of the victim’s body has been recovered.
“And sometimes the head can be half a mile away from the feet.”
His suggestion to speed things up in the aftermath of a suicide reads, “Change the driver, pick up the big bits of what’s left of the victim, get the train moving as quickly as possible and let foxy woxy and the birds nibble away at the smaller, gooey parts that are far away or hard to find.”
Understandably, and ever so inevitably, his words have infuriated mental health charities, and Paul Farmer of Mind pointed out that in light of the recent suicide of Gary Speed, Jeremy’s remarks were even more tasteless than they might have been.
Farmer said, “I think it’s extraordinarily tasteless in its tone.
“I think there will be many people who have lost loved ones to suicide and people who have contemplated suicide that will think it is in extremely bad taste.
“It stands out like a sore thumb from what is increasingly a more supportive approach to suicide by the media.
“People will feel like he is trivialising the subject and dismissing people who have taken their own lives.
“This is a man who really doesn’t understand what he is talking about.”
So, what are you thoughts on this latest gaffe? Is it once again a case of people taking things Jeremy says way too seriously, or are these remarks completely offensive and unnecessary?