UK Government Wants Netflix To Add ‘Health Warning’ That The Crown Is Fictional
UK’s Culture Minister Oliver Dowden wants Netflix to add ‘health warning’ before the beginning of The Crown so the viewers are aware that the historical drama is a work of fiction.
At present viewers are warned that the show contains nudity, sex, violence and suicide references, and is suitable for viewers who are 15 and older.
“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 … Without this, I fear a generation of viewers who did not live through these events may mistake fiction for fact.”
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The latest episode in the series, which follows the life of Queen Elizabeth II and her close family, revolves around Prince Charles and his doomed marriage to wife Diana. Close friends to the royal family fear that portrayed scenes are hurting the monarchy, particularly heir to the throne Charles.
“It is quite sinister the way that (screenwriter Peter) Morgan is clearly using light entertainment to drive a very overt republican agenda and people just don’t see it,” an unnamed friend of the prince told the paper, as reported by NDTV.
Even though most of the scenes are largely sympathetic to Diana, her brother has also called for the streaming platform to clear that some of the scenes are fictional.
“It would help The Crown an enormous amount if at the beginning of each episode it stated that, ‘this isn’t true but is based around some real events’. Because then everyone would understand it’s drama for drama’s sake,” Charles Spencer told ITV.
More than 70 million households worldwide have watched The Crown, which is now on its fourth series, since it began in 2016, according to figures released by Netflix.