The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has been making headlines recently after revealing in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that members of the royal family expressed concerns about the skin tone of her then-unborn child. While many have shown support for Markle, others have taken to criticizing her. One such critic is comedian and actor Chris Rock.
Known for his no-holds-barred humor, Rock did not hold back in his live stand-up comedy Netflix special, “Chris Rock: Selective Outrage.” He joked that even Black people want to know how brown the baby will be and that Markle should have known what she was getting into when she married into the “OGs of racism.” His comments were met with mixed reactions, with some finding them funny and others finding them hurtful.
Rock is not the only celebrity to criticize Markle. Piers Morgan, former host of “Good Morning Britain,” was also vocal about his disapproval of Markle’s interview with Oprah. He accused her of lying and said that he did not believe her claims of experiencing racism within the royal family. Morgan’s comments led to his departure from the show, as many viewers complained about his insensitive remarks.
Actress Sharon Osbourne also faced backlash after defending Morgan’s comments on “The Talk.” She was accused of being racist and was eventually forced to leave the show. Osbourne later apologized for her remarks and said that she did not intend to offend anyone.
While some celebrities have criticized Markle, others have shown their support. Tennis star Serena Williams posted a message on Instagram in which she praised Markle for her courage and resilience. “I know firsthand the sexism and racism institutions and the media use to vilify women and people of color to minimize us, to break us down and demonize us,” Williams wrote.
Markle’s friend, actress Janina Gavankar, also defended her in an interview with ITV’s “This Morning.” She said that Markle had been “vilified and chased” by the media and that she was proud of her friend for speaking out.
The debate surrounding Markle’s interview with Oprah is likely to continue for some time. While some believe that she was brave to speak out about her experiences, others feel that she should have kept her grievances within the royal family. Regardless of one’s opinion, it is clear that Markle’s story has sparked a much-needed conversation about racism and discrimination in the media and beyond.