The passing of Queen Elizabeth II has been heavily covered by news outlets all over the world. The sad reality is that England will not see another queen for the next few generations, so her death truly marks the end of an era. So it would stand to reason that on the day of her funeral every channel in the UK would honor her by televising the event. This is where UK’s Channel 5 decided to abdicate from protocol by not only refusing to air the service, but instead showing a bunch of children’s films to entertain all of the kids who were off during the holiday of mourning.
Channel 5 knew a lot of children would be home from school so they chose to be the ones to break away from the tradition of making everyone ever sadder by putting on programming that’s guaranteed to make people smile. Well, not really since one of the films they showed was the universally panned The Emoji Movie.
Channel 5 is the only major broadcaster in the country not airing something related to the queen (Channel 4 aired a documentary about the coronation while others aired the funeral), instead offering options for children. During the actual funeral, The Emoji Movie was on, to be followed by Stuart Little, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, and Sing.
Chaps and chippies weren’t mad at Channel 5’s programming choice either, as they took to Twitter to express their joy over the network’s decision to entertain everyone while every other channel in the world focuses on the funeral:
fair enough channel 5 pic.twitter.com/8VPBZsvP2i
— george (@StokeyyG2) September 19, 2022
Channel 5 broadcasting the Emoji Movie instead of the royal funeral is the funniest bit of our generation
— an ancient man (@goulcher) September 19, 2022
I’m sorry but Channel 5, this is so funny to me. pic.twitter.com/squl2MxGE4
— cameron (@camruined) September 19, 2022
While this may seem odd to some I think I know why they’re doing this. Mainly because now that King Charles has risen to power Channel 5 is taking the piss by showing kid’s films since he’s a big man baby. And pretty soon whenever he graces their screens whatever he says will sound like something conjured up by a three-year-old hopped up on Ribena and lemon cakes. Channel 5 is just getting the public ready for his infantile rule as their leader.
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