UK Authorities Continues To Foyer Netflix For Disclaimer – Deadline
The UK government has continued to press Netflix to release a disclaimer for The Crown that makes it clear that the series has been dramatized – even though the US streaming giant has already rejected the request.
Culture Secretary John Whittingdale told a parliamentary committee Tuesday that it “does no harm” to Netflix to make it clear to subscribers that The Crown, while tied to real events, is Peter Morgan’s “speculation, or notion of what might have happened.” “.
It follows that culture secretary Oliver Dowden (Whittingdale’s boss) wrote to Netflix last month warning viewers that the lavish drama Left Bank Pictures was partly a fiction. Netflix declined the request, stating, “We are confident our members understand that it is a fiction based largely on historical events.”
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Whittingdale, who confessed to having seen only part of the first season, was asked by Labor lawmaker Kevin Brennan if he thought the British were “stupid enough to think it was a documentary”. The minister replied: “I wouldn’t hope. Most people are well aware that dramatized accounts of real events inevitably require speculation. “
Brennan squeezed, “Do you think the Secretary of State went a little crazy when he suggested that the British people needed a health warning about the Crown?” Whittingdale disagreed, adding that season 4 deals with events that are “a little rougher” than previous seasons and a disclaimer would be helpful.
He said: “These are events that are quite raw and controversial and involve people like the existing Prince of Wales and his sons. It doesn’t hurt, especially because these events generated strong views and emotions on both sides. It’s not unhelpful to remind people that this is not based on inside knowledge, but rather a dramatization of someone’s speculation or idea about what might have happened. “
Ultimately, the UK government has no power to force Netflix to change, also because the US streamer is regulated in the Netherlands. This dilemma was already raised in the Whittingdale Committee on Digital, Culture, Media and Sport hearing when he said the government would consider a new regime for foreign streamers.
“The traditional British broadcasters have pretty strict requirements … and then you have the video-on-demand services, which are really not regulated or required,” said the Minister. “It’s quite a difference. I think the government might think about whether or not we want to deal with basic requirements for the video-on-demand services. “