A Jeremy Clarkson column in The Sun about the Duchess of Sussex has provoked an outcry online, with social media users branding it “vile”, “cruel” and “insulting”.
In an article for the newspaper published on Friday, Clarkson wrote that he detests Meghan “on a mobile level”. He said he “dreams of the day when she is forced to parade naked through the streets of every town in Britain as crowds chant, ‘Shame!’ and throw clumps of excrement at her”.
He added: “Everyone my age thinks the same way.”
The comments have drawn widespread condemnation. Comedian John Bishop tweeted that the comments were an “open call to incite humiliation and violence against a woman”, and actress Kathy Burke called Clarkson a “colossal cunt”.
Presenter Carol Vorderman tweeted: “NO Jeremy Clarkson. On no level, under any circumstances, is it OK to write this about a woman and absolutely NO to ‘everyone my age thinks the same’.”
Author Philip Pullman wrote: “That Jeremy Clarkson can write such things and publish them without shame tells us all we need to know about the way Rupert Murdoch has poisoned and destroyed our public life.”
Clarkson’s daughter Emily, who hosts the Should I Delete That? podcast, was praised by many on social media for an Instagram post that said: “I want to make it very clear that I stand by everything my dad said about Meghan Markle and I still stand by those targeted with cyber hate. “
Comedian Dom Joly said he was “literally swallowed” by Clarkson’s “absolutely vile and disgusting comments”. He added: “What is it about these types of men that triggers them so?”
His co-signer Jason Manford tweeted a photo of an excerpt from the article with the caption: “If you can defend Clarkson on this, please don’t reply to me, just unfollow and block and move on. We will never agree.”
Meanwhile, British social activist and CEO of the Five Foundation, Nimco Ali, wrote: “A young black woman opens up about her struggle with suicidal thoughts as a result of the abuse she received from the media, and this is how some men in the media are reacting. This is absolutely terrible.”
5 Live presenter Rachel Burden tweeted: “So… it’s Jeremy Clarkson writing what he did. And then the editor decided to publish it.”
Radio DJ and TV host Edith Bowman wrote on Twitter: “How is anyone able to print such offensive comments in an actual newspaper?”
Harry and Meghan recently opened up about life as senior royals in the UK and their decision to step back from their duties in a six-part Netflix docu-series. The final parts of the show were released on Thursday.
The Sun has been contacted for comment.