A controversial column written by British TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson for the Sun was removed after mounting criticism and after the polarizing star apologized on Twitter.
The Friday column was written by The Grand Tour host about Meghan Markle shortly after the release of the final three episodes of the new Netflix docuseries The Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry. The six-part series Harry & Meghan chronicles their experiences since stepping down from their duties as senior royals in Britain’s monarchy.
Clarkson’s column was written in the opinion section of The Sun and is no longer published on the tabloid’s website.
“In light of Jeremy Clarkson’s tweet, he asked us to shut down last week’s column,” the Sun said on the website where the column originally ran.
In the piece, the 62-year-old wrote about his dislike for the California-born Duchess, saying he hates her “on a cellular level,” despising her more than a serial killer and that he dreams of a day when people do would throw excrement at them in the street. He also believes Netflix should have renamed the series A Woman, Talking Bollocks and bemoans the damage Meghan has done to the royal family.
BBC News reported on Monday that more than 6,000 complaints about the article were lodged with press regulator Ipso, which also prompted a strange apology from the former Top Gear host on Monday.
“Oh dear. I put my foot in it rather. In a column,” Clarkson tweeted. “I was writing about Meghan, I was awkwardly referring to a scene in Game of Thrones, and that went badly for a lot of people. Me I am appalled to have caused so much damage and will be more careful going forward.”
In “Harry & Meghan,” the Sussexes discuss racism and the mistreatment of the multiracial Duchess in British tabloids ahead of their big move to California in 2020. Clarkson said he “feels sorry” for Prince Harry, whom he described as a “glove” puppet ‘ and ‘Harold Markle’ in the play and believes he is ‘controlled’ by his wife who has turned him into a ‘Warrior of Awakening’.
“I hate her. Not like I hate [Scotland’s First Minister] Nicola Sturgeon or [serial killer] rose west. I hate her on a cellular level,” he wrote in the piece. “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!’ calls. and throw clods of feces at them.”
Clarkson was apparently referring to Cersei Lannister’s infamous reconciliation walk in Season 5 of HBO’s Game of Thrones.
“Everyone my age thinks the same way,” he wrote. “But what frustrates me is that younger people, especially girls, think they’re pretty cool. They think she was a prisoner of Buckingham Palace, forced to only talk about embroidery and kittens,” he continued. “That makes me even angrier. Can’t they see that everything that happens is so obviously pre-planned?”
But contrary to his apology, it wasn’t the Game of Thrones reference that people had trouble with. It was the overall wickedness of the prose and Clarkson’s insistence that he speak for people his own age.
Former UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith replied: “I’m your age @JeremyClarkson and I couldn’t disagree more. Why do you have to be so terrible? I can’t believe it’s good for you and it certainly isn’t good for the rest of us.”
According to the Independent, Sturgeon, the first woman to be appointed leader of the Scottish National Party and also Scotland’s First Minister, said Clarkson’s comments were “profoundly misogynistic and just plain awful and awful”.
“I have to say, taking a step back, my overwhelming emotion towards guys like Jeremy Clarkson is a shame,” Sturgeon said. “I mean, what makes someone so contorted by hate that they end up writing these things?”
Others also felt Clarkson’s apology was disingenuous.
“This tweet is insulting, insulting and disrespectful on an epic level,” tweeted Why I Resist activist and author Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu. “Very British, no apologies. Jeremy Clarkson laughs in our faces. Nothing changes for him. Those who support him like Camilla, the Palace, the British media and those in power will applaud him for the hatchet job on Meghan Markle.
Britain’s Queen Consort Camilla has also come under fire for hosting a Christmas dinner last Wednesday, which Clarkson attended alongside TV commentator and long-time Meghan critic Piers Morgan. (The lunch took place a day before the final three episodes were streamed on Netflix.)
Also on Sunday, Clarkson’s daughter, podcast host Emily Clarkson, admonished her father, saying she supports those “being targeted with online hate.”
“My views are and always have been clear when it comes to misogyny, bullying and the media’s treatment of women,” she wrote on Instagram Stories, the BBC said. “I want to be very clear that I disagree with everything my dad has written about Meghan Markle.”
A representative for Harry and Meghan did not immediately respond to The Times request for comment on Monday.
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