Netflix pulls back from royal row by adding disclaimer to marketing for The Crown saying the show is fictional
Netflix has quietly added a disclaimer to its marketing for The Crown following a backlash over its blurring of fact and fiction.
In an apparent ascension by the streaming giant, the trailer for the upcoming series of its hit drama is accompanied by the description: ‘Inspired by real events, this fictional dramatization tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II and the political and personal events that shaped her reign.’
No trailers for previous series of The Crown on Netflix’s YouTube channel have had such a disclaimer.
The Crown’s official Twitter account also appears to have been updated in the past month to add the message reminding people that it is ‘fictitious’.
Netflix announced its hit drama The Crown would now be accompanied by the description: ”Inspired by real events, this fictional dramatization tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II and the political and personal events that shaped her reign”
Photo taken in 1995 of Diana, Princess of Wales, during her interview with Martin Bashir for the BBC
The Crown’s official Twitter account also appears to have been updated in the past month to add the message reminding people that it is ‘fictitious’
The trailer, starring Elizabeth Debicki as Diana, shows the late princess sitting down for her infamous 1995 Panorama interview with disgraced ex-BBC journalist Martin Bashir as her voiceover says: “I will not go quietly.”
Netflix has suffered a severe backlash over the latest series, which is set to air on November 9. Until now, however, it has repeatedly resisted calls for it to carry a disclaimer.
Actress Dame Judi Dench accused the show of being ‘cruelly unfair’ and backed calls for a disclaimer.
And former prime minister Sir John Major dismissed scenes showing him discussing the Queen’s potential abdication with Prince Charles as ‘a barrel of malicious nonsense’.
Dame Judi, 87, who has played Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria, said the series risked damaging the monarchy. The Oscar-winning actress blamed it for ‘gross sensationalism’ and the blurring of fact and fiction.
In a letter to The Times newspaper yesterday, she called on Netflix to display a disclaimer at the start of each episode to say it is ‘fictionalised drama’. She said it would also show respect for the grief suffered by the royal family and the nation.
A Netflix spokesperson said: ‘The Crown has always been presented as a drama based on historical events.
‘Series five is a fictional dramatization that imagines what might have happened behind closed doors during a momentous decade for the royal family – one that has already been scrutinized and well documented by journalists, biographers and historians.’
The Crown has been a huge hit for Netflix. Each episode now costs around £11.5 million.