Lee Hurst is back on Twitter after Greta Thunberg joke suspension

Lee Hurst seen at the after party for The Card Shark Show at the Mayfair Hotel on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in London. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)
Lee Hurst made a crude joke about Greta Thunberg. (Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)

Comedian Lee Hurst has returned to Twitter after being suspended over a vile joke about climate change activist Greta Thunberg.

Hurst, 57, tweeted a vulgar joke about Thunberg, 18, that saw him temporarily suspended from the social media platform.

It read: "As soon as Greta discovers c***, she'll stop complaining about the single use plastic it's wrapped in."

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BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 20: Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks at a press conference following the meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on August 20, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. Two years on from her first school strike, 17-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg is meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel to deliver a petition letter calling for EU leaders to end investments in the exploration and extraction of fossil fuels.  (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)
Greta Thunberg was the subject of a vile joke. (Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

The tweet sparked complaints about abuse and harassment of the Swedish teenager, known globally for campaigning on environmental issues since she was a child.

Hurst, who used to be a panellist on They Think It's All Over, refused to apologise for his joke and since returning to Twitter has accused those offended by it of lacking a sense of humour.

He tweeted: "I’m sorry there are so many po faced, humourless losers who have all, at some point in their dreary lives, told a joke that someone somewhere took offence to and are then hypocritical enough to join in a pile on like the sad poseurs they are."

Replying to some of his fans' comments, he added: "Comedy is subjective so some like it, some don’t. That’s the way it is," and: "And the offence is taken, not given."

Amongst those appalled by the joke were Jeremy Vine and David Baddiel.

Vine tweeted: "I really wish I hadn't looked to see why Lee Hurst is trending."

Baddiel wrote: "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."

At the time of his suspension, Hurst had told the Daily Star: "If I’m binned permanently then I suppose I’m glad I was binned for writing a gag rather than for having a rant.

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"No regrets. It got laughs."

Hurst and his representatives have been contacted for comment.

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