Helena Bonham Carter Thinks Netflix Should Abdicate “The Crown” Immediately
I guess Helena Bonham Carter hasn’t severed the psychic link between herself and Princess Margaret yet because Mags has got a message to share from BEYOND THE ROYAL VAULT (graves are for peasants, you fools!). She’s using everyone’s formerly favorite kooky aunt to deliver it. According to Variety, HBC sat down with The Guardian, and while she wisely declined to “contribute to the whole thing” surrounding Prince Harry’s memoir Spare, Princess Margaret’s eyes, ears and legs on earth burped up a message to Netflix that they should end The Crown now because it is no longer a “historical drama.” Oh, wait! Now I’m receiving a message from Mags! Please hold…. Yes, yes, sorry, OK, yes, got it!
OK, lady says she has no idea who this HBC person is and that she could not give less of a shit about some stupid TV show given that she’s quite dead and could I please ask HBC to stop trying to brain call her because she is very busy reading her grand-nephew’s riveting tome. Also she wants me to stop calling her Mags and to call her Aunt Margo instead. And that she’s super into Spare, so far 10/10—No notes! Variety reports:
Helena Bonham Carter said in a recent interview with The Guardian that Netflix’s “The Crown” should end now as it’s no longer a historical drama. The actor portrayed Queen Elizabeth II’s younger sister Princess Margaret in the third and fourth seasons of the Netflix royal drama, taking over the role from Venessa Kirby. The fifth season of “The Crown” launched in November 2022 and brought the show out of the past and into more recent events as it covered the royal family during the 1990s. Lesley Manville starred as Princess Margaret.
“I should be careful here too, but I don’t think they should carry on, actually,” Bonham Carter said. I’m in it and I loved my episodes, but it’s very different now. When ‘The Crown’ started it was a historic drama, and now it’s crashed into the present. But that’s up to them.”
Oof, phrasing HBC, phrasing! Let’s not speak of “crashing” into anything given the context. This isn’t the first time HBC has suggested how Netflix should operate, and sadly, it wasn’t an impassioned defense of password sharing.
Back in 2021, Bonham Carter also came out against “The Crown” over whether Netflix should add a disclaimer to the series telling viewers it’s historical fiction. Recent seasons of the show have faced backlash and intense scrutiny from family and friends of the British royals for its dramatization of events, most notably the toxic marriage between Princess Diana and Prince Charles. There’s been an ongoing debate over adding a disclaimer to “The Crown.” U.K. politician Oliver Dowden notably urged Netflix to add a disclaimer, with Bonham Carter later agreeing and saying the show had a “moral responsibility” to do so.
You see, according to HBC, when she was on The Crown it was “dramatized,” a “drama,” or a “historic drama,” “not a drama-doc,” which I guess makes sense because a “drama-doc” is not a real thing that exists. But now that the checks have all cleared The Crown is what? A “thing of many parts, of shreds and patches, of bitter gibes and sustained existential crisis?” Oops, sorry, that’s a review for Spare. No matter what HBC says, The Crown is still a drama and, hold on… Aunt Margo just got to the frozen willy bit! I’m gonna be so mad if this bitch tries to make me dictate a memoir for her from beyond the royal vault. Lady, I’m sure you could do better, but I got shit to do! Ask HBC or Dame Judi Dench, they obviously have way too much time on their hands.
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