Nicola Sturgeon has become the latest high-profile figure to slam Jeremy Clarkson over comments he made in a national newspaper about Meghan Markle.
Scotland’s First Minister said she felt sorry for the former Top Gear presenter, describing his words as “deeply misogynistic” and “downright awful and awful”.
Clarkson faced mounting backlash over the article in The Sun from others including Carol Vorderman, Sir Philip Pullman and London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
In the piece, Clarkson wrote that he “hated” the Duchess of Sussex and dreamed of her being paraded around British cities and publicly shamed, adding that “everyone my age thinks the same way”.
It follows the recent airing of Harry and Meghan’s explosive six-part Netflix documentary, in which the couple made allegations of mistreatment by the royal family.
Speaking to broadcasters on Monday, Ms Sturgeon said Clarkson’s comments about the Duchess were “beyond pale”.
“I think what he said about Meghan Markle was deeply misogynistic and just awful and awful,” she said.
“I have to say, taking a step back, my overwhelming emotion towards guys like Jeremy Clarkson is a shame.
“I mean, what makes someone so contorted by hate that they end up writing these things?
“I think that potentially gives some insight into Jeremy Clarkson and the kind of person he is.
“Maybe he just needs to step back and think about life a little more.”
Clarkson’s daughter, Emily Clarkson, said in an online post that she was “against everything my father wrote.”
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“My views are and have always been clear when it comes to misogyny, bullying and the media’s treatment of women,” she said in a statement shared on her Instagram story.
“I want to be very clear that I oppose everything my dad has written about Meghan Markle and I continue to stand up for those who are being targeted with online hate.”
Former Countdown host Vorderman said Clarkson’s comments were “unacceptable under any circumstances.”
“NO Jeremy Clarkson. There is no way, under any circumstances, that it’s okay to write this stuff about any woman and absolutely NO to “everyone my age thinks the same”.
“No no no. We absolutely do NOT think the same thing. Listen to the noise Jeremy. The crowd chants ‘Shame on YOU’.”
Mr Khan said Clarkson’s comments were “dangerous and inexcusable” and wrote: “As Jeremy Clarkson should well know – words have consequences.
“The words in his play are no joke – they are dangerous and inexcusable.
“We’re in an epidemic of violence against women and girls, and men with strong voices need to do better.”
Sir Philip, author of His Dark Materials, described Clarkson as “a brief loud noise and a brief bad smell”, but criticized Rupert Murdoch – owner of News UK, the organization that publishes The Sun.
Alongside Top Gear, Clarkson, 62, is known for his Amazon car show The Grand Tour, which he presents alongside Richard Hammond and James May, and ITV’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
Amazon, ITV and The Sun have all been contacted for comment.
Harry and Meghan’s Archewell Foundation has also been contacted for comment on the remarks.
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