Lee Hurst is at the centre of controversy after posting an offensive tweet about environmental activist Greta Thunberg over the weekend.
The comedian has been slammed for making a derogatory joke about 18-year-old Thunberg and he was promptly suspended from Twitter.
What did Lee Hurst say about Greta Thunberg on Twitter?
On Friday afternoon, Hurst tweeted seemingly at random: ‘As soon as Greta discovers c***, she’ll stop complaining about the single use plastic it’s wrapped in.’
Celebrities such as Jeremy Vine and David Baddiel were among those who condemned Hurst’s vile joke.
Vine admitted: ‘I really wish I hadn’t looked to see why Lee Hurst is trending.’
Baddiel reacted: ‘The reason that Lee Hurst is problematic isn’t because it carries underneath it a sense that women, as individuals, with political opinions, are erased by male sexual power. It’s problematic because it’s a s*** gag.’
Why was Lee Hurst suspended from Twitter?
The tweet was immediately reported and Hurst, 57, was initially told by Twitter that no action would be taken.
However, he then received a follow-up email saying that his Twitter account had been suspended as he violated their rules on abuse and harassment.
The social media platform’s guidelines state: ‘We take action against excessively aggressive insults that target an individual, including content that contains slurs or similar language.’
What has Lee Hurst said about his Twitter suspension?
The comic, best known for appearing as a panellist on They Think It’s All Over, has since said he has ‘no regrets’ about posting the tweet as ‘it got laughs’.
He added that he has appealed the suspension but was yet to hear back from Twitter.
‘If I’m binned permanently then I suppose I’m glad I was binned for writing a gag rather than for having a rant,’ he told the Daily Star.Credit: Source