Carol Vorderman said Jeremy Clarkson’s newspaper column, in which he said he dreamed of the Duchess of Sussex being humiliated in public, “not only crossed the line but wiped it out”.
He, a former Countdown host who was one of the first celebrities to publicly criticize Clarkson online, said his remarks were “normalizing hate”.
Published in The Sun on Friday, the article has been criticized by celebrities and politicians, as well as the daughter of former Top Gear host Emily Clarkson.
In the post, Clarkson wrote that he “hates” Meghan, adding that “everyone my age thinks the same”.
In his own column, written in The Daily Express on Tuesday, Vorderman said Clarkson’s comments were unacceptable “on any level”.
“After Netflix’s Harry and Meghan series, I’ve heard more than enough discussion of every nuance,” she wrote.
“But Jeremy Clarkson’s position – that the Duchess should be paraded naked and pelted with poop – not only crosses the line but wipes it out.
“Not on any level, under any circumstances, would write this about any woman. It’s time for all of us to call out violent hatred against any woman.
“Whatever our thoughts on this couple and I don’t particularly care, Clarkson’s words normalize the animosity.”
Vorderman went on to commend Clarkson’s “wonderful” daughter for criticizing her father’s behaviour, having previously retweeted a statement from Ms Clarkson.
Earlier, Vorderman revealed that she herself had been abused online following her first tweet in which she shared part of the column, but said the backlash “was like witnessing” the last agony of the age of the dinosaurs”.
She said: “Sad souls are angry with new thinking, equality and kindness.
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“But this chapter has also brought together calm, normally quiet people. We continue to fight.”
It comes as a group of more than 60 cross-party MPs wrote to The Sun’s editor, Victoria Newton, demanding action against Clarkson and an apology to Meghan.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/carol-vorderman-clarkson-article-didnt-just-cross-the-line-it-obliterated-it-42232431.html Carol Vorderman: Clarkson’s article not only crossed the line, but wiped it out