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The row surrounding Jeremy Clarkson’s column about Meghan Markle has continued this week, with the former Top Gear presenter widely condemned for his remarks.
In his op-ed for The Sunpublished on Friday (December 16) the 62-year-old wrote that he dreamed of the day Markle would be made to parade naked through Britain while the crowd chanted “shame” and threw “excrement” at her.
Clarkson claimed that “everyone who’s my age thinks the same way”.
The Sun has now removed Clarkson’s comment piece from its website. “In light of Jeremy Clarkson’s tweet he has asked us to take last week’s column down,” the page now reads.
A number of fellow celebrities and public figures, including London mayor Sadiq Khan and Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon, have criticized Clarkson.
Sturgeon said she pities the former Top Gear presenter, describing his words as “deeply misogynist” and “downright awful and horrible”.
Other critics included Clarkson’s own daughter Emily, who has previously spoken out against online misogyny and harassment.
Ipso confirmed on Monday 19 December that it had received over 6,000 complaints about the presenter’s column.
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“Why is Jeremy Clarkson so threatened by Meghan Markle?” That’s the question explored by The Independent‘s Voices Commissioning Editor Harriet Williamson.
“It riles Clarkson and his ilk – the Piers Morgans and the Dan Woottons of the world – so much that a beautiful, successful, articulate woman of color hasn’t just swallowed a sustained campaign of bullying,” she writes. “Instead, she’s held up a mirror to British society, and what we see in it is extremely uncomfortable.”
Read Williamson’s full article here.
Tom Murray20 December 2022 00:24
This, from Claire Waxman’s appearance on BBC News.
Louis ChiltonDecember 19, 2022 21:40
ICYMI: A rundown of some of the previous times Clarkson has launched controversial attacks on Meghan Markle.
Louis ChiltonDecember 19, 2022 21:21
Many people calling on the Palace to condemn Clarkson’s remarks.
Louis ChiltonDecember 19, 2022 20:55
Actor Colin McFarlane backing John Nicholson’s letter to ITV.
Louis ChiltonDecember 19, 2022 20:34
More than 12,000 complaints now have been made to Ipso, the independent press standards organisation.
Louis ChiltonDecember 19, 2022 20:15
Author Joyce Carol Oates among the many, many celebrities condemning Clarkson’s words.
Louis ChiltonDecember 19, 2022 19:55
To clarify, Clarkson currently serves as the host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? – hence, presumably, why the letter is addressed to ITV.
Louis ChiltonDecember 19, 2022 19:35
The SNP’s Shadow Culture Secretary John Nicholson has written a letter calling for Clarkson to be taken off the airwaves.
Louis ChiltonDecember 19, 2022 19:13
The Sun has now removed Clarkson’s comment piece from its website.
“In light of Jeremy Clarkson’s tweet he has asked us to take last week’s column down,” the page now reads.
Louis ChiltonDecember 19, 2022 18:51