Prince Charles and Camilla Had To Turn Off Their Twitter Comments
Fans of The Crown were getting very heated.
Netflix's The Crown continues to be a thorn in the side of the actual, real-life British royals. According to Entertainment Tonight, Oliver Dowden, the U.K.'s Culture Secretary, took it upon himself to remind everyone that the hit show is, in fact, a work of fiction, and not portraying chronicling actual events with historic accuracy. The news comes after Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles's official Twitter account, @ClarenceHouse, disabled comments from some posts in the wake of trolls posting the portrayal of the couple's relationship and Princess Diana on the show.
"It's a beautifully produced work of fiction, so as with other TV productions, Netflix should be very clear at the beginning it is just that," Dowden told the Mail on Sunday. "Without this, I fear a generation of viewers who did not live through these events may mistake fiction for fact."
Courtesy of Netflix.
ET adds that Dowden plans to take things up with Netflix via what we can assume will be a very polite, very strongly worded letter. Princess Diana's brother, Earl Spencer, has also mentioned that he wanted the streaming giant to offer a disclaimer along with the show. He insists that viewers should be aware that they're watching a dramatization, not a documentary.
"I think it would help The Crown an enormous amount if, at the beginning of each episode, it stated that: 'This isn't true but it is based around some real events,'" he said during an interview on ITV.
Dickie Arbiter, the former Buckingham Palace press secretary, echoed his remarks, saying that the show was "stretching dramatic license to the extreme."
Some Twitter users weren't amused with the suggestion that viewers needed the clarification. Viewers pointed out that for the show's first three seasons, nobody seemed to mind that the show was depicting Queen Elizabeth in a very flattering light.
British history textbooks should carry a fiction warning https://t.co/HDUCV9L4Bz
— Faridah (@faridahlikestea) November 29, 2020
They didn't think The Crown needed a fiction warning when Elizabeth and Phillip were depicted as attractive, young globe-trotting colonizers adored by their native subjects. https://t.co/IxAwSzsvrC
— YT: Neo URL (@Neo_url) November 30, 2020
All of the “The Crown MUST put a warning that it is a work of FICTION” anger makes me cackle like a WITCH!!! 😈😈😈 Diana from beyond the GRAVE is what we are seeing people!! Do not mistake!!!
— Princess Die (@MacyCalder) November 30, 2020
The Crown should feature a warning that it's 'fictional'… not the TV show though… the actual Crown itself… the British State proudly boasts a fiction that 1 family is inherently superior & born to reign over others. Is a daily insult to people's intelligence that it continues.
— Joe Dwyer (@JoeEDwyer) November 30, 2020