On Tuesday, the actor and body positivity campaigner tweeted about how Black people and other minority groups ought to never experience racism or their personhood being under attack in the media.
She then divulged how she experienced thoughts of suicide after Piers Morgan’s “relentless campaign of lies and hatred” in February of last year.
Jamil experienced a barrage of backlash for her “tone-deaf” comments on Twitter but has been open about the effect on her, especially in the wake of Caroline Flack’s suicide when she called for an inquiry into harassment by the press.
This admission came in the light of his resignation from ITV’s breakfast show, where he spent a large chunk of time this week expressing his negative opinions about Meghan Markle.
His departure was motivated by his reaction to Markle and her husband Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey finally being broadcast. He has been widely criticised for being vocal about things he does not know anything about, like how Black people experience racism and the inner workings of people’s state of minds.
In the interview, the Duchess spoke about her experience of suicidal thoughts. Morgan denied these feelings which lead to over 41,000 complaints to Ofcom, the UK’s independent media regulator.
People.com reached out to Morgan’s team for comment on the allegations presented by Jamil but no reply has been given at the time of publication.
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