Sixty UK politicians have denounced journalist Jeremy Clarkson’s “violent” and “misogynistic” language in a recent column The sun Tabloid took aim at Meghan Markle.
They have demanded that he issue an “unconditional apology” to the Duchess.
Clarkson was heavily criticized for the Rupert Murdoch venture after publishing his December 17 column The sun, In it, he described his dream of having Meghan paraded “naked” through the streets of Britain while people “pelted feces” at her.
The column was a response to the Netflix documentaries Harry & Megan which aired last week.
the previous top gear host tweeted on Monday He said he was “appalled” at the pain he caused after the backlash. Remarkably, however, Clarkson didn’t apologize to Meghan.
As a result, Britain’s Independent Press Standards Organization said it had received over 17,500 complaints about the column, which was removed from the newspaper’s website Monday at Clarkson’s request.
On Tuesday, 60 MPs joined the growing dissent over Meghan’s tabloid, particularly given the Duchess’s own discussion of receiving death threats in her docuseries following hatred fueled by unfair reporting.
Caroline Nokes, a Conservative politician and Chair of the Committee on Women and Equality, wrote a letter to The sunthe Publisher. Nokes said Clarkson’s language “has no place in our country and it is unacceptable that it was allowed to be published in a mainstream newspaper”.
“Ms Markle faced several credible threats to her life that required the intervention of the Metropolitan Police,” the letter continued, adding, “Hate articles like Mr Clarkson’s do not exist in a vacuum and directly contribute to this unacceptable climate of the.” hatred and violence.”
Nokes’ letter, which called for decisive action and was signed by other MPs, ended by demanding that Clarkson apologize to Meghan “immediately” and called for action to ensure no item of the same nature is re-released by the outlet.
Clarkson is a broadcast journalist in the UK with a large following through his work on the hit BBC Motor Interest TV show top gear and Amazon’s Clarkson’s farm.
The TV presenter is no stranger to controversy. In 2015 he was released top gear for physical and verbal violence against a colleague.
Clarkson didn’t hold back his views on Harry either, calling the prince a “glove puppet” and “dim.”
On December 14, Clarkson attended a London lunch party that was also attended by Meghan’s stepmother, Queen Camilla – three days before he published his column.
Camilla and Clarkson were part of a big party with British A-list stars like Maggie Smith and Judi Dench. Earlier this year, Camilla named Clarkson one of her “farmers” for his encouragement of farm work in his country Clarkson’s farm series in their guest edition of Country Life Magazine.
There is no implication that the Queen consort knew of the column at the time of lunch.
Part of the central criticism of Clarkson’s attack on Meghan is the violence of his words, though he called them an “awkward” reference to the TV show game of Thrones.
“I hate her,” he wrote of Meghan. “Not that I hate [First Minister of Scotland] Nicola Sturgeon or [convicted serial killer] rose west. I hate them on a cellular level.
“At night I can’t sleep as I lie there grinding my teeth and dreaming of the day when she’ll be forced to parade naked through the streets of every city in Britain while the crowd chants ‘Shame!’ chanted. and throw clods of feces at her.”
So far there has been no comment from the Palace or Meghan on the column or the consequent backlash it has caused.
news week has reached out to Buckingham Palace and representatives of Meghan Markle for comment.
James Crawford-Smith is Newsweek’s royal reporter in London. You can find him on Twitter at @jrcrawfordsmith and read his stories on Newsweek’s The Royals Facebook page.
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