- An opinion piece published in The Sun has been roundly condemned as “misogynistic”.
- Jeremy Clarkson wrote that he hated Meghan Markle “at a cellular level”.
- Critics warned that Clarkson’s piece could further fuel the “epidemic” of violence against women and girls.
This article contains references to suicide and domestic violence.
An English commentator has been widely condemned, including by his own daughter, after writing a column in which he fantasized about crowds throwing excrement at .
Jeremy Clarkson, better known as the former presenter of the motoring show Top Gear, wrote that he dreamed of the Duchess of Sussex “parading naked through the streets of every city in Britain while the crowds chanted: ‘Shame! ‘ and throw lumps of excrement at him.”
In the column published in Britain’s Sun newspaper on Friday, Clarkson wrote that she hated Meghan “on a cellular level”.
The comment sparked a swift backlash, with critics calling it “misogynistic” and warning that Clarkson’s piece could further fuel the “epidemic” of violence against women and girls.
In a story posted on Instagram, Clarkson’s daughter Emily Clarkson also criticized her father’s comment.
“My views are and have always been clear on misogyny, bullying and the media’s treatment of women,” she wrote.
“I want to make it very clear that I am against everything my father wrote about Meghan Markle and I continue to support those who are targeted by hate online.”
“Words have consequences”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan described Clarkson’s comments as “dangerous and inexcusable”.
“As Jeremy Clarkson should know: words have consequences. The words in his piece are no joke, they are dangerous and inexcusable. We are in an epidemic of violence against women and girls and men with powerful voices must- better than that.” “He wrote on Twitter.
Other social media users joined the chorus of condemnation.
Domestic abuse campaigner David Challen urged Clarkson to “listen to the words of her daughter who has experience of abuse online”.
“Countless men worship Jeremy Clarkson’s voice, countless men will see this misogyny and bullying as acceptable. It is not,” he wrote.
“Is it any wonder Meghan Markle is scared? It’s terrifying to know there are men like Jeremy Clarkson who openly admit they sit up at night fantasizing about violence against women, and think it’s perfectly acceptable,” wrote Courtney Pochin, lifestyle editor of the Daily Mirror. . .
Clarkson has yet to publicly respond to the outcry against his column.
In the hit Netflix documentary series Harry & Meghan, which premiered this month, Prince Harry revealed that he believed his wife Meghan suffered a miscarriage in 2020 due to the overwhelming stress caused by covering the means
Markle has also been open about the toll negative media coverage and online hate has taken on her, telling Oprah that British tabloid coverage made her feel like she “didn’t want to be alive anymore.”
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