After a day of getting called out by fans, onlookers, and Twitter users alike, Jeremy Clarkson has taken to Twitter to release a statement about his latest column where he described his hate for Meghan Markle.
In the column for The Sun, he said:
“At night, I’m unable to sleep as I lie there, grinding my teeth and dreaming of the day when she [Meghan] is made to parade naked through the streets of every town in Britain while the crowds chant ‘Shame!’ and throw lumps of excrement at her.
“Everyone who’s my age thinks the same way,” he continued. “But what makes me despair is that younger people, especially girls, think she’s pretty cool. They think she was a prisoner of Buckingham Palace, forced to talk about nothing but embroidery and kittens.”
The column was published on Sunday, and within the day the presenter’s name was trending on Twitter with plenty of people calling him out for his writing. Now, he’s posted the following to Twitter as an apology:
“Oh dear. I’ve rather put my foot in it. In a column I wrote about Meghan, I made a clumsy reference to a scene in Game of Thrones and this has gone down badly with a great many people. I’m horrified to have caused so much hurt and I shall be more careful in future.”
The column made such a wave in the press that Jeremy’s own daughter, Emily Clarkson, took to her own social media to stand against him:
“My views are and have always been clear when it comes to misogyny, bullying and the treatment of women by the media. I want to make it very clear that I stand against everything that my dad wrote about Meghan Markle and I remain standing in support of those that are targeted with online hatred.”
Despite this apology, Twitter users weren’t enamoured by what Clarkson had to say:
“This is the most unapologetic ‘apology’ ever. It reads as utter sarcasm,” one user responded.
Another added: “The fact that people like you and Piers Morgan constantly make extremely unpleasant remarks isn’t at all surprising. We all know there are toxic people out there. What is surprising is that so many others pay attention to what either of you have to say.
A third noted: “‘Clumsy’ is accidentally bumping into furniture on your way out of a room. It’s not carefully penning down how much you hate a woman on a ‘cellular level’ (who you don’t even know), sending off your carefully worded hate-mail to a national newspaper and them printing it.”
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