Subject of the day: The Crown by Netflix


The streaming giant says it has no intention to provide a disclaimer for the series following concerns about the historical accuracy of “The Crown,” a Netflix drama about the British monarchy.

Who’s been complaining?

Take your pick: aristocrats, newspaper columnists, Conservative politicians, Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Internet, Arts, Media and Sport, British government minister, and even anglers.

Start off with your anglers. For them, what is the hook?

This is about the fishing technique demonstrated by the actor who plays Prince Charles, Josh O’Connor. It has become quite a controversy, even hitting the pages of the Daily Telegraph, a right-leaning publication, with the letters. It is bad enough to imagine a self-respecting angler getting his line set so disastrously,” one angry correspondent wrote, “but then to say that such a cast might possibly lead to a fine salmon’s landing is equal to gross – almost criminal – negligence.

Then who, in the tower, joins O’Connor?

“Both Creator Peter Morgan and Netflix have come under fire, but for lapses that go far beyond not being able to tell their line tip backcast. Morgan responded by saying that the series is thoroughly researched. Netflix said in a statement, “We have always viewed The Crown as a drama and we have complete faith that our members understand that it is a fiction work based entirely on fiction. So we don’t have plans and see no need for a disclaimer to be included.

And now the government of Britain is involved?

Well, this month there’s not much else going on, so yeah, they turned their attention to The Crown. A right-wing tabloid – see a trend emerging here in an interview with the Mail On Sunday? – Minister of Culture Oliver Dowden said he was going to write to Netflix and ask for some kind of health alert.

Like on a cigarette pack?

“It’s a beautifully produced work of fiction, so Netflix, as with other TV productions, should make it very clear at the outset that that’s exactly what it is,” Dowden said. “Otherwise, I worry that a generation of viewers who didn’t live through these events might confuse fiction with fact.”

What are the events that he has in mind?

Conservative politicians are especially upset at the depiction of Margaret Thatcher by Gillian Anderson in the just-released fourth season, and critics of Coronation are particularly angry at the portrayal of the marriage between Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Newspaper columnist Simon Jenkins accused The Crown of ramping up the “fakery and insult,” and Charles Spencer, Princess Diana’s columnist, of ramping up the “fakery and insult,”


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