Jeremy Clarkson says at least Anne Frank kept her thoughts to herself

Jeremy Clarkson says much like Greta Thunberg, Anne Frank "didn't like what was going on", but "she didn't have a tantrum about it."

Jeremy Clarkson says much like Greta Thunberg, Anne Frank “didn’t like what was going on”, but “she didn’t have a tantrum about it.”

Former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has offered praise to historical figure Anne Frank, comparing her favourably to 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, who he attacked in a scathing column for The Sun earlier this week.

During an interview with ITV on the subject of his controversial column, Clarkson offered up Frank as another example of a young girl speaking out of turn, but said that she at least “kept it in her fucking diary.”

“I suppose it reminds me a bit of another teenage girl who thought she knew what the world was all about, and that’s Anne Frank,” he said. “But that’s actually a positive case, because her only writings are from when she was quite young. It seems that she grew up, realised you don’t change the world by whinging and moaning, and we never heard from her again.”

Clarkson said Thunberg needed to learn “that kind of humility.”

“Frank knew that although she had thoughts, they were the thoughts of a child, and not worth listening to or reading about,” he said. “She didn’t go out there shoving them down everyone’s throats. She wasn’t spoilt enough to think they might have some historical impact.”

Clarkson said he didn’t regret telling Thunberg to be a “good girl” and “shut up”, and hoped his words helped to teach her “a valuable lesson.”

“As I said to her, you might criticize us, but it was us who made the phones, who built the banks, the roads, the power lines, the computers, laptops, movies, games, and all the things that make your life worth living.

“Well, I didn’t do any of those things, but people who look like me did.

“Well, people who look like me after 20 fewer years of drinking.”

Clarkson said Thunberg needed some “real life experience” under her belt, and only when she had 24 separate entries in the “controversies” section of her Wikipedia page, would she understand the nuances of life.

She hadn’t even once been fired by the BBC, he noted.

“Do you know how hard it is to get fired from the BBC?” he said. “Do you know how long that took, how many awful things I had to say?”

He urged Thunberg to look at other historical figures, and how they made a difference.

“Look at Joan of Arc,” he said. “She didn’t change the world by harassing regular people for driving their cars.

“Look at Mother Theresa. She never seemed angry. We all loved her because we couldn’t understand a bloody thing she was saying.”

“But what if this really is our last chance to save the planet?” he was asked.

“There’s no such thing as last chances,” said Clarkson. “I’m living proof.”