Culture secretary

The Crown should be labeled fiction

Update, December 15: The British government continues to form an idea of ​​how The crown is tagged on Netflix. Per Deadline, a parliamentary committee hearing on December 14 debated the subject extensively, with Culture Secretary John Whittingdale saying it “does no harm” for the streaming service to label the series fictional. Amusingly, Whittingdale was called “a little silly” by his colleagues (quite common in the setting) for suggesting that Britons “need a health warning about The crownbefore watching the broadcast, although he maintained his position. “These are quite raw and controversial events, and they involve people such as the current Prince of Wales and his sons,” Whittingdale explained. “It is worth reminding people… that this is not based on any insider knowledge, but is a dramatization of someone’s speculation or imagination on this that could have happened.” The committee hearing ended without a majority position on the issue.

Update, December 6: A Netflix spokesperson said Variety that the streaming service “didn’t intend – and see no need – to add a disclaimer”, as they “have every confidence that our members understand that this is a work of fiction largely based on historical events”. From our side we would like to request a disclaimer The Phantom of the Opera the anniversary performance actually took place.

November 29, 2020: Whether it’s the show’s portrayal of Diana’s struggle to assimilate into the royal family, or actor Josh O’Connor’s “punchable” portrayal of the Prince of Wales, The crownThe fourth season covers a lot of ground that many viewers were alive to experience in real time. Still, if you’re anything like us, you don’t skip a full episode without Googling “did this actually happen?” once or three times, say, if Charles really hated Di’s “Uptown Girl” performance that much. That’s probably why Britain’s Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport spoke out over the weekend and lobbied for Netflix to put a ‘fiction’ label on the ‘episode. “It’s a beautifully produced work of fiction, so like other television productions, Netflix should be very clear at the start, it’s just that,” Secretary Oliver Dowden told the Daily Mail. “Without this, I fear that a generation of viewers who did not experience these events may confuse fiction with reality.”

Dowden is expected to submit a request to the streaming platform requesting that each episode of the series carry a “disclaimer” stating that The crown is a fictional vision of real events. According to Mailthe request is said to stem from fears that fictional scenes by writer Peter Morgan “would cause lasting damage to the monarchy”, an interesting concern given that the series does not even include Prince Charles’ “Tampongate” and that many of us must have experienced this IRL.