On Monday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex provided their response to an apology from Jeremy Clarkson, who posted some fairly vile language relating to Meghan Markle and his admitted hatred for her. Clarkson’s column in The Solar clearly did not go over as he anticipated, and he skilled an intense wave of backlash for his opinion, which included a suggestion that British crowds throw “excrement” at her.
The media persona claimed he had apologized privately to the Sussexes, however in an announcement by way of their spokesperson, they said that Clarkson’s preliminary apology was by no means addressed to Meghan, solely Harry, and was not acceptable.
“On December 25, 2022, Mr Clarkson wrote solely to Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex. The contents of his correspondence had been marked non-public and confidential,” it started.
“Whereas a brand new public apology has been issued at the moment by Mr Clarkson, what stays to be addressed is his long-standing sample of writing articles that unfold hate rhetoric, harmful conspiracy theories and misogyny,” the assertion continued. “Until every of his different items had been additionally written ‘in a rush,’ as he states, it’s clear that this isn’t an remoted incident shared in haste, however somewhat a collection of articles shared in hate.”
Clarkson’s column was faraway from The Solar’s web site per his request, after it turned essentially the most complained about article within the publication’s historical past. The Duke and Duchess additionally rejected an apology from The Solar, calling it a PR stunt. Clarkson is likely to lose his present on Amazon Prime Video, together with The Grand Tour and Clarkson’s Farm.
In one other column, Clarkson additionally tried to backtrack his statements, writing, “Oh pricey. I’ve somewhat put my foot in it. In a column I wrote about Meghan, I made a careless reference to a scene in Sport Of Thrones and this has gone down badly with a terrific many individuals. I am horrified to have prompted a lot damage and I shall be extra cautious in future.”
He continued, “It was a sluggish rumble to begin with, and I ignored it. However then the rumble obtained louder. So I picked up a duplicate of The Solar to see what all of the fuss was about…We have all been there, I suppose. In that exact second after we instantly realise we have fully tousled. You might be sweaty and chilly on the identical time. And your head kilos. And you are feeling sick. I could not imagine what I used to be studying. Had I actually mentioned that? It was horrible.”
He went on to say that individuals didn’t perceive the reference to the wildly common HBO present, and believed he was often called being anti-sexist in his profession on tv.
“I used to be very indignant with myself as a result of in all these controversial days on Prime Gear, once I was accused of all kinds of issues, it was very not often sexism,” Clarkson claimed. “We by no means did ‘girls cannot park’ gags as an example. Or urged that highly effective vehicles had been just for males. And I used to be thrilled when Jodie Kidd and Ellen MacArthur set fastest-ever laps in our cheap automobile. I am simply not sexist, and I abhor violence in opposition to girls. And but I appeared to be advocating simply that.”
Aimée Lutkin is the weekend editor at ELLE.com. Her writing has appeared in Jezebel, Glamour, Marie Claire and extra. Her first e-book, The Lonely Hunter, can be launched by Dial Press in February 2022.