More than 60 MPs from both parties have written to Sun newspaper editor Victoria Newton to demand an apology and “take action” against Jeremy Clarkson over a column in which he said the Duchess of Sussex should be paraded through the streets naked.
In a letter, they said Meghan had received credible threats to her life and that columns like Clarkson’s had contributed to an “unacceptable climate of hate and violence”.
The letter, coordinated by Tory chair of the Women’s and Equality Select Committee Caroline Knox, was signed by Conservative, Labor, SPD, Green and SNP MPs, including Tory chair of the Treasury selection committee, Harriet Baldwin, PT. Harriet Harman and Green Party leader Caroline Lucas.
In an article published Sunday in the wake of Prince Harry and Meghan’s Netflix documentary, Clarkson wrote that he hates Meghan “on a cellular level” compared to serial killer Rose West.
He said he “dreamed of the day when she would be made to walk naked through the streets of every city in Britain while the crowd chanted ‘Shame! ‘”. Throw lumps of excrement on them.
The Sun has since pulled the column at Clarkson’s request, but a statement from it promising more caution in the future was criticized for not including an apology.
In their letter, Knox and the other deputies told Newton that they “condemned in the strongest possible terms violent and misogynistic language…this kind of language has no place in our country, and it is unacceptable that it should be allowed to be published in a major newspaper”.
They add: “We cannot allow this kind of behavior to go unchecked any longer. We welcome Sun’s retraction of the article and now demand action against Mr Clarkson and a sincere apology to Ms Markle immediately.”
Others who signed the letter included Labour’s Stella Creasy, Don Butler and Dan Jarvis, as well as former Conservative cabinet minister Andrea Leadsom and Lib Dem deputy leader Daisy Cooper.
After a widespread outcry over the weekend, Clarkson issued a statement Monday saying, “Oh dear. I’d rather put my foot in it.” of people. I am terrified because I have caused so much harm and I will be more careful in the future.”
But Knox said it was “not an apology” and tweeted in the letter: “I welcome Jeremy Clarkson’s admission that he caused the hurt…but the editing process allowed his column to be printed without objection.”
Press regulator Ipso received thousands of complaints about the article, and critics included Clarkson’s daughter, Emily, who said: “I want to make it clear that I stand against everything my father has written about Meghan Markle.”
It’s unclear which of Ipso’s rules could have been broken due to its general guidelines for comment parts. The organizer’s chairman, Edward Foulkes, canceled plans to attend a private dinner with Rupert Murdoch on Monday night.
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