Jeremy Clarkson, British tabloid columnist the sun Known for years for his provocative outings, he sparked heated controversy after a vitriolic column against Meghan Markle in which he claimed to have dreamed of throwing a bunch of poo at the Duchess of Sussex.
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Meghan Markle: “I hate her. (…) I lie there at night unable to sleep, gritting my teeth, dreaming of the day when she will be paraded naked through the streets of every city in the United Kingdom, with crowds shouting “Shame!” and throwing feces at her,” wrote Jeremy Clarkson in this article published on Friday.
The column was published the day after Netflix aired the final episodes of a Harry and Meghan documentary, in which the Sussexes accused the press of racism and wanting to “destroy” Meghan.
The columnist, who already has a sulphurous reputation, has drawn furious reactions.
From London Mayor Sadiq Khan to Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon, many dignitaries condemned Jeremy Clarkson’s comments.
Even Prime Minister Rishi Sunak responded from Latvia, where he is traveling, saying that “words matter” when you are a public figure.
The British press watchdog (Ipso) said it had received more than 12,000 complaints.
After several days of controversy, the sun It removed the column from its website on Monday afternoon, saying it was doing so at the request of its editor.
Jeremy Clarkson, 62, apologized on Twitter. I made a bad reference about Game of Thrones and it was taken badly by a lot of people. I am horrified to have caused so much pain and will be more careful in the future,” he wrote.
In one of Game of Thrones’ best scenes, a female character undergoes a “walk of shame,” during which she is forced to walk the streets naked while people throw trash at her.
This isn’t the first time Jeremy Clarkson has stood out for outrageous or provocative comments.
In 2015, he was kicked out of the BBC’s Top Gear after physically and verbally assaulting a producer. Before that, he had already stirred up many controversies with sometimes racist outbursts.
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