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Netflix responds to controversy over The Crown: “There will be no warning”

Netflix will not give in to requests from friends of the royal family. In the Daily Mail, the streaming platform said it will not add a warning before The Crown episodes.

Targeting critics from friends of the British royal family, but also from St├ęphane Bern in France, Netflix persists and signs: they have never hidden the fact that The Crown was not an exact transcription of the life of the royal family.

In a statement quoted in the Daily Mail on Sunday, December 6, the streaming platform, accused of inciting hatred towards Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, defended itself: “We have always presented ‘The Crown’ as a drama series, and we trust our members to understand that it is a fiction largely based on historical events”. And refused to give in to the demands made to him by some politicians: “Therefore, we do not have the project – and do not feel the need – to add a disclaimer.”

An “arrogant response”

This press release follows an intervention by Oliver Dowden, British Minister of Culture. At the end of November, he said: “This is a beautifully produced work of fiction, so as with other television productions, Netflix should be very clear at the beginning”.

In the Daily Mail, conservative politician Michael Forsyth said he wants Netflix to be subject to British regulation. With] this arrogant response to the culture minister’s request, [Netflix] makes an eloquent case for its regulation,” he said. Fiction doesn’t allow broadcasters to tell lies about people who can’t defend themselves”.

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