Celebrities slam Jeremy Clarkson for "vile" Meghan Markle rant
Jeremy Clarkson said he hated the Duchess of Sussex more than Rose West.
The likes of John Bishop and Carol Vorderman have voiced their disgust at a "vile" and "hateful" rant by Jeremy Clarkson against Meghan Markle.
In an op-ed for The Sun published on Friday (16 December), Clarkson wrote that he loathes the Duchess of Sussex “on a cellular level” and wants people to “throw lumps of excrement” at her.
He said: "I hate her. Not like I hate Nicola Sturgeon or Rose West. I hate her on a cellular level.
"At night, I'm unable to sleep as I lie there, grinding my teeth and dreaming of the day when she 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."
Clarkson finished by claiming that "everyone" who is his age "thinks the same way."
But the comments have been condemned by many, including a number of celebrities from across the world of entertainment.
Comedian Dom Joly described his words as "utterly vile and disgusting" and labelled the former Top Gear host an"utter piece of trash."
Literally gobsmacked at the utterly vile and disgusting comments written about Meghan Markle by Jeremy Clarkson in the Sun. What an utter piece of trash he is…what is it with these type of men that triggers them so? pic.twitter.com/iLpzIilTlm
— Dom Joly (@domjoly) December 18, 2022
Carol Vorderman said that "not on any level, in any circumstance, is it ok to write this stuff about any woman," and refuted his claim that "everyone who's my age thinks the same."
John Bishop also voiced his disgust at Clarkson's rant, saying it was a "blatant appeal to incite humiliation and violence on a woman".
He also said there was "no excuse" for what Clarkson wrote and rubbished suggestions it could be "excused as dark humour."
WTF is this ??
I don't care who you are or who you work for you simply can not write things like this. It is a blatant appeal to incite humiliation and violence on a woman. Some have excused it as dark humour. There is mo joke here @JeremyClarkson and no excuse. https://t.co/ewU8bnykhj
— John Bishop (@JohnBishop100) December 18, 2022
Radio DJ Edith Bowman said that Clarkson was a "vile misogynist," whilst Kathy Burke labelled him a "colossal c**t".
Thanks for sharing @domjoly .. what a vile misogynist @JeremyClarkson is but also how is someone able to print such abusive comments in an actual newspaper.. https://t.co/C0aaUgrjK2
— edith bowman (@edibow) December 18, 2022
Watched the rest of #HarryandMeganNetflix Still think they’re pretty great and I love their relationship with Meghan’s gorgeous Mum, Doria. Wishing them continued happiness and people like that colossal cunt, Clarkson continued pain with the thought of it.
— Kath 🇺🇦💙🙀❄️🇪🇺✊🏾 (@KathyBurke) December 18, 2022
A simple search for 'Clarkson' on Twitter highlights the all-round condemnation he has received for the op-ed, with others questioning how the piece was allowed to be published by the newspaper's editors.
Not only did Jeremy Clarkson write this, an editor agreed to publish it.
Shame on them both pic.twitter.com/L5Y05FfYau
— James Doleman (@jamesdoleman) December 17, 2022
Meghan Markle living rent free in Jeremy Clarkson’s head is going to have me sleeping easy tonight. The crumbling old white patriarchy is vile. Burn it all down.
— Kate Richardson-Walsh OLY (@katewalsh11) December 17, 2022
Jeremy Clarkson should be arrested for incitement of violence against a woman. This is the way “society” works - open displays of hate, misogyny, racism. It is nauseating that anyone can defend any part of this behaviour & yet many of us are conditioned to cope & not complain. https://t.co/HzjITUHgzQ
— Dr. Ayoade Alakija (@yodifiji) December 17, 2022
Markle and her husband Prince Harry are currently the focus of a lot of attention after the release of their new Netflix documentary, Harry & Meghan.
Both Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace have so far remained silent over a number of allegations made by the couple in the six-part series.
This includes claims from Harry that his brother Prince William left him 'terrified' after he shouted at him during the Sandringham summit in January 2020, when Harry, William, Charles and the late Queen met at the Norfolk estate to thrash out the term of Harry and Meghan's exit deal from the family.
Harry also alleged that Kensington Palace “lied to protect my brother” when it issued a statement denying a story William had bullied him out of the royal family.