Controversial Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson says Britain is a nation of utter bastards after being swamped with abuse from people on Twitter after he announced on the social media platform that his pet dog had died.
Clarkson said he was devastated when Whoopi the dog was put down.
But he said he was stunned that he got jokes and abuse in return - not sympathy.
Britain's Daily Mail newspaer said that Clarkson, who branded Britain "a nation of 62 million complete and utter b....." wrote in this month’s Top Gear magazine: "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. 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.
"Five minutes has now elapsed, and still it’s a non-stop tirade of abuse. Which confirms my theory."
"Britain is a nation of 62 million complete and utter b*******. We are the country that invented the concentration camp, and international slavery. Hanging, drawing, quartering: that was us too. And who was it that sent the White Russians home to be slaughtered by Stalin? Yup. Us."
Clarkson went on to rail against what he deemed to be the nation's inherent nastiness.
"Last week, I was testing the magnificent Ferrari 458 Spider, and I couldn’t have been more despised if I’d run around a shopping centre in full SS uniform and a Ku Klux Klan hat trying to steal children.
"The message was clear: 'Whoever is in that car has become rich by exploiting the workers, and, as a result, we are not going to let him out of that side turning'."
During the Olympics a 17-year-old was arrested for sending abusive Twitter messages to British diving star Tom Daley.
He was warned about harassment, police said.
Police said the teenager was arrested hours after Daley received the tweets.Daley, 18, and his partner Pete Waterfield finished fourth in the 10m men's synchro but afterwards re-tweeted a message he had received on the micro-blogging site, accusing him of letting down his father, who died of brain cancer last year.
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