Jeremy Clarkson’s column about the Duchess of Sussex has become the Independent Press Standards Organization’s most criticized article.
The regulator said the article, which has since been removed from The Sun’s website at Clarksonhad received more than 17,500 complaints as of 9 a.m. Tuesday.
“We will follow our normal processes to review the complaints we have received. This will take longer than usual due to the volume of complaints,” an IPSO spokesperson said, adding that the number of complaints would be likely to change.
The number also exceeded the total number of complaints received by the media regulator in 2021, which was 14,355.
It comes as more than 60 MPs have written to The Sun’s editor condemning the column ‘in the strongest terms’ – after the presenter said Meghan should ‘parade naked through the streets of every city in Great Britain’. Brittany “.
The letter presented by Tory MP Caroline Nokes demanded that the publication take action against Clarkson.
He said the former Top Gear presenter’s “hateful” post on Meghan Markle had contributed to an “unacceptable climate of hatred and violence”.
His column, which was published on Sunday, said he “dreamed of the day when she would be forced to parade naked through the streets of every town in Britain as crowds chanted ‘Shame! and throw pieces of excrement at him”.
The remarks were met with backlash, with Clarkson’s daughter Emily, along with many others, speaking out against him.
Clarkson responded to the backlash with a statement in which he pleaded to be more careful in the future.
However, this was criticized for not including an apology.
In the letter to Sun editor Victoria Newton, Ms Nokes and other MPs demanded the paper take action against the presenter.
‘Enough is enough’
“We are horrified by Jeremy Clarkson’s recent article in your publication. As parliamentarians of all persuasions, we condemn in the strongest terms the violent misogynistic language against the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle,” read the statement. letter.
“This type of language has no place in our country, and it is unacceptable that it has been allowed to be published in a mainstream newspaper. Ms. Markle has faced multiple credible threats to her life, requiring the ‘Metropolitan Police intervention’.
“Hate articles like the one written by Mr. Clarkson do not exist in a vacuum and contribute directly to this unacceptable climate of hatred and violence.”
The letter adds that MPs are ‘deeply concerned about the role model promoted to young men and boys’ in the article, which could suggest that it is ‘correct to use violent language when addressing a woman you might disagree with”.
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“You may know how much violence against women and girls has increased across Britain in recent years. We need to do better. Enough is enough. We can’t let this kind of behavior go unchecked any longer. .”
Ms Nokes said she and other MPs ‘demand that action be taken against Mr Clarkson and that an unqualified apology be made immediately to Ms Markle’, and that definitive action be taken to ensure that ‘ no article like this will ever be published again”.
Clarkson shouldn’t be ‘allowed to return’ to TV
SNP MP John Nicolson also wrote to ITV chief executives following the “grotesque comments”.
In his own letter, also shared on Twitter, Mr Nicolson said Clarkson’s article had “crossed the line” and said the broadcaster should not be “allowed to return to our screens”.
After the weekend’s widespread backlash, Clarkson responded in a tweet on Monday, saying, “Oh my God. I kinda walked into it. In a column I wrote about Meghan, I made a reference awkward to a scene in Game of Thrones and it went wrong with a lot of people. I’m horrified that I caused so much harm and I’ll be more careful in the future.
But many, including Ms Nokes, said it was ‘no apology’.
She added: ‘I welcome Jeremy Clarkson’s acknowledgment that he has caused harm…but an editorial process allowed his column to be printed unchallenged.’
The Independent Newspaper Standards Organization (IPSO) said it had received more than 12,000 complaints about the article as of 5 p.m. Monday.