Jeremy Clarkson’s poorly-timed plane tweet as passengers on-board Malaysian flight MH370 declared dead sparks new feud with Piers Morgan
Even at great altitude and unaware of current events as they unfolded, the Top Gear offence machine still managed to cause a stir
Being thousands of feet up in the air himself, there’s almost no chance Jeremy Clarkson knew about the emergency press conference held by Malaysia's prime minister Najib Razak today.
During the address, it was declared that after weeks of searching, the missing flight MH370 had plunged into the Indian Ocean, leaving no survivors among its 239 passengers.
It was perhaps impressive, then, that even at great altitude and without this knowledge, the one-man offence machine still managed to send a ripple of unrest through his Twitter followers, thanks to a particularly poorly-timed post.
Captioning a picture of oxygen masks dangling from the ceiling of his own plane as he and the Top Gear team raced to Moscow, Clarkson wrote: “The oxygen masks have deployed. Goodbye everyone.”
His final tweet, sent just as his own plane was safely landing in Russia, had been preceded by a number of in-flight pictures that made no reference to MH370 whatsoever.
But as a man who seems to attract derision as a natural, Clarkson was quickly labelled “insensitive” and “disgraceful” by a number of people.
Clarkson responded to the criticism in person at first:
@villaforrent Right. And you thought it had been flying around for the last 3 weeks?Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) March 24, 2014
@m4rtin26 You are indeed pathetic. We all knew it was lost several weeks ago.Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) March 24, 2014
Before old online foe Piers Morgan jumped on the Clarkson-flogging bandwagon to tweet the following:
Addressing Piers Morgan’s unhelpful RT, he threatened an undisclosed revelation:
@piersmorgan If you don't shut up, I shall start to reveal details of your past life that would make you VERY unhappy.Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) March 24, 2014
So Piers Morgan posted a little revelatory something of his own, too.
Morgan and Clarkson have endured a tumultuous relationship, both online and in person. Clarkson once admitted to having hoofed the former CNN presenter in the face at a showbiz bash.
Indeed, Clarkson took great delight when the former editor of The Mirror was axed from his talkshow on CNN.
In his Sunday Times column, he wrote: “I heard that he was going to be dropped about six months ago.
"And have been sitting here for all of that time, loving his stupid Twitter boasts about his huge fame and lavish lifestyle, knowing that he didn't know what I knew. This was a show, remember, that was being aired round the world. Billions had the ability to watch it but few did.
"In fact, Morgan attracted a global audience smaller than the BBC daytime show Cash in the Attic. He's trying to argue his CNN show failed because the Americans didn't take kindly to his misguided attempt to spark a debate on gun control. Nonsense. His show failed because the viewers hated him. Everyone hates him.
"And that's a big problem when you are trying to play the fame game. You can upset some of the people some of the time and survive - thrive even. But if you upset all of the people all of the time, you will fail - and he has.
"And I couldn't help but notice that as the news broke, it stopped raining and the sun came out."
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