Jeremy Clarkson, British tabloid columnist the sun He has been known for years for his provocative outings, sparking fierce controversy after a scathing column against Meghan Markle, in which he said he dreamed of seeing a crowd throw excrement at the Duchess of Sussex.
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Meghan Markle, “I hate her. (…]I can’t sleep at night and lie there, grit my teeth and dream of the day when she will be paraded naked through the streets of all the cities of the United Kingdom, while crowds shout “Shame!” Jeremy Clarkson wrote in this published article Friday.
This column was published the day after Netflix aired the final episodes of the Harry and Meghan documentary, in which the Sussexes accused the press of racism and of wanting to “destroy” Meghan.
The columnist’s already sulfur reputation has drawn a torrent of angry responses.
From the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to the Scottish Prime Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, Jeremy Clarkson’s remarks have been strongly condemned by many figures.
Even Prime Minister Rishi Sunak reacted from Latvia where he was traveling, saying that “words matter” when you’re a public person.
British Press Police (Ipso) said it had received more than 12,000 complaints.
After several days of controversy that continued to swell, the sun removed the column from its website on Monday afternoon, purporting to do so at the request of its author.
Jeremy Clarkson, 62, apologized on Twitter. “I made an embarrassing reference to Game of Thrones (the series) and a lot of people took it badly. I am horrified that I have caused so much pain and will be more careful in the future,” he wrote.
In one of the most iconic scenes in Game of Thrones, a female character goes through a “Walk of Shame,” during which she is forced to walk naked through the streets while people throw garbage at her.
This isn’t the first time Jeremy Clarkson has made outrageous or provocative statements.
In 2015, he was removed from the BBC’s Top Gear after physically and verbally attacking a producer. Prior to that, he had already sparked several controversies with occasional racist outings.
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