Nicola Sturgeon blasts Jeremy Clarkson after his Meghan Markle comment

GMB guest defends Jeremy Clarkson over Meghan Markle remarks

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Nicola Sturgeon has condemned a column by Jeremy Clarkson, saying his comments on Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, were “deeply misogynist”. The First Minister said she pities the TV presenter, who wrote the comments in column in The Sun on Friday.

Clarkson wrote: “I hate her (Meghan). Not like I hate Nicola Sturgeon or Rose West. I hate her on a cellular level.”

He went on to say he was “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”.

Speaking to broadcasters on Monday, Ms Sturgeon said his comments about Meghan were “beyond the pale”.

She said: “I accept I’m a politician and people get to say all sorts of things about me and that’s part of the democratic process.”

She said everyone should exercise their freedom of speech with responsibility because “words have consequences.”

Ms Sturgeon continued: “I think what he said about Meghan Markle was deeply misogynist and just downright awful and horrible.

“I have to say, taking a step back from it, my overwhelming emotion about guys like Jeremy Clarkson is pity.

“I mean, what is it that makes somebody so distorted by hate that they end up writing these things?

“I think that possibly gives an insight into Jeremy Clarkson and the kind of person he is. So maybe he just needs to take a step back from things and just think about life a bit more.”

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Ms Sturgeon’s remarks come after Mark Dolan defended Clarkson on his GB News programme.

Mr Dolan said: “The fact that this has offended as many people as it has entertained proves that Clarkson’s work is, as ever, Top Gear.”

He added: “Whilst I’m no Meghan Markle fanboy, I don’t share his views. But he’s entitled to them.

“I wouldn’t use that language [such as] ‘paraded naked’ and ‘throwing excrements’, it’s a bit strong for my taste.”

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Mr Dolan continued: “But this guy is paid to have an opinion. And he’s paid to be outrageous. He’s one of the country’s best-known and most engaging journalists and TV presenters, and it’s not an accident why.”

However, Clarkson’s daughter, Emily, 28, joined a host of stars criticising the former Top Gear star.

She reshared online a previous post in which she revealed her “steadfast defence” of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Her comments also included criticism of the media for being “hellbent on destroying” Meghan.

On Sunday, she captioned the post: “I said it last week, I’ll say it again. I believe this on a cellular level.”

In a follow-up posted on Instagram Story, she continued: “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.”

Columnist Emma Woolf also condemned the Grand Tour host’s comments, claiming on GB News: “I think Jeremy Clarkson has made a complete fool of himself and where was his editor? Why was it allowed to go out?”

She added: “The silly thing is, Jeremy Clarkson is just feeding into the Harry and Meghan hysteria. The best thing he could have done was ignore them instead he’s feeding this fantasy they’ve got that they whole media is against them and that everybody is threatening them and treating them badly.

“Frankly, if they wanted privacy they should have got on with having privacy rather than signing all these deals.”

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