A column by Jeremy Clarkson in The Sun about the Duchess of Sussex has caused outcry online, with social media users calling it ‘vile’, ‘awful’ and ‘abusive’.
In a newspaper article published on Friday, Clarkson wrote that he hated Meghan “on a cellular level”. He said he “dreamed of the day when she would be forced to parade naked through the streets of every town in Britain as the crowds chanted ‘Shame!’ and throw pieces of excrement at him”.
He added: “Everyone my age thinks the same way.”
The comments drew widespread condemnation. Comedian John Bishop tweeted that the remarks were a “blatant call to incite humiliation and violence on a woman” and actor Kathy Burke called Clarkson a “colossal pussy”.
Presenter Carol Vorderman tweeted: “NO, Jeremy Clarkson. On no level, under any circumstance, is it acceptable to write these things about any woman and absolutely NO to “everyone my age thinks the same thing”.
Author Philip Pullman wrote, “That Jeremy Clarkson can write stuff like this, and shamelessly publish it, tells us all we need to know about how Rupert Murdoch poisoned and rotted our public life.
Clarkson’s daughter, Emily, who hosts the film Should I Delete This? podcast, was praised by many on social media for an Instagram post that read, “I want to make it very clear that I take exception to everything my dad has said about Meghan Markle and I’m standing for support those targeted by online hate. ”
Comedian Dom Joly said he was “literally stunned” by Clarkson’s “totally despicable and disgusting comments”. He added: “What is it about these type of men that triggers them like this?”
Fellow comedian Jason Manford tweeted a photo of an excerpt from the article with the caption, “If you can defend Clarkson in this area then please don’t reply to me, unsubscribe, block and pass. to something else. We will never agree. »
Meanwhile, British social activist and Five Foundation chief executive Nimco Ali wrote: ‘A young black woman speaks about her struggle with suicidal thoughts following the abuse she received from the media, and that’s how some men in the media react. It’s absolutely awful.
5 Live presenter Rachel Burden tweeted: “So…there’s Jeremy Clarkson writing what he’s done. And then the publisher deciding to publish it.
Radio DJ and TV host Edith Bowman wrote on Twitter: “How can someone print such abusive comments in a real newspaper?”
Harry and Meghan recently opened up about life as UK royals and their decision to step down in a six-part Netflix documentary series. The final episodes of the show were released on Thursday.
The Sun has been contacted for comment.