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Anger at 'The Crown' Season 5, Explained

fifth Season “The Crown” doesn’t premiere until November 9, but the presentation has already begun — and in dramatic fashion. Columnists are writing trending articles, politicians are making statements, award-winning actors are writing letters, and all have different opinions on the same thing: Has The Crown Too much grandstanding about the British royal family?

Since debut in November

, This crown fictitious affairs of Queen Elizabeth’s reign, which officially ended on September 8, . This is far from the first pop culture vehicle to do this: with royal night

, imagine the then Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret There is a VE Day or The Queen an adventurous incognito night in London that depicts the days after Princess Diana’s death. Pablo Larin Spencer even documented the late princess’ battle with bulimia for Kristen Stewart won her first Oscar nomination.


, however, somehow, It feels different — in part because of its longevity (it’s been telling its story through seven years -episode seasons), its incredible cast, and its chronological take on real-life historical events. There’s also the fact that it’s always been excellent and very well-funded: every year its cast is nominated for multiple Emmys, and its production value is getting more and more impressive. It just feels more inclusive and immersive, and therefore more believable, than other entries in the royal pop culture canon. Add to that the relative secrecy of the monarchy (after all only a few really know what’s going on behind the doors of Buckingham Palace), but the public is rabid Obsessed with the show, some worry that people aren’t treating The Crown

as fiction.

Take former Prime Minister John Major: After revealing the upcoming The Crown episode apparently implies that Prince Charles hints to Major that he wants the Queen To abdicate, the Conservative politician told the Post

on Sunday it was “a bunch of crap”. His office then issued a statement to Netflix: “The discussions between the monarch and the prime minister are entirely private and – for Sir John – will always be. But in any case, there is no One is accurate. They are fictitious, pure and simple.”

A few days later, Dame Judi Dench to The Times of London her opinion. “I am concerned that a large audience, especially overseas, may perceive its version of history to be entirely true,” Dench wrote in a letter. “Considering some of the hurtful suggestions that the new series apparently contains – for example, King Charles plotting to abdicate his mother, or ever suggesting that his mother’s parenting was so inadequate that she probably should have been jailed – is very unjust. Damage to individuals and the institutions they represent .”

Although this argument does not It must be new (a plot point in season 2 exaggerating Prince Philip’s role in the death of his sister proved controversial), and as the series has progressed to this day, it has reached a new level of enthusiasm . While many of its early characters (including Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother) have passed, and those events took place decades ago, now the series is very fictional and affects the lives of the living. in a2020 The Times of London article reported that “Prince William is said to be disturbed by the scene of Charles abusing Diana. A source said he felt “ His parents are being exploited and making money in a false, simplistic way. “

Major, on the one hand, called for a boycott. Dench asked for a disclaimer to be added to the show, clearly stating fictitious. (It is worth noting that it was posted two days ago The YouTube page for the official trailer for Season 5 of Netflix has this description: “Inspired by true events, this fictional drama tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II and the political and personal events that shaped her reign.”)

However, others thought the whole thing was an overreaction. “We wouldn’t believe the conversation that took place in Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s bedroom, ‘ co-host Joey Behar was blunt during The View. (Netflix also thinks the fiction is obvious, telling BBC The programme “has always been based on historical events.”)

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth in September this year, The Crown is starting to hit Netflix again. Questions, past and present, remain: Does the streaming service have any moral obligation to clarify its imaginative stories to the public Plot or tweak it out of respect for the royal family? Or do they have full permission to be dramatic? Decide for yourself, well, you just have to watch the show.



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