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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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."
What ban? Keep up. I am sorry. 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. https://t.co/eKf566u2Qz
— Lee Hurst - Desperately trying to be relevant (@LeeHurstComic) March 22, 2021
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."
Vine tweeted: "I really wish I hadn't looked to see why Lee Hurst is trending."
I really wish I hadn’t looked to see why Lee Hurst is trending.
— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) March 20, 2021
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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