It all started last week when Oliver Dowden (AKA the British culture minister) made a public plea to Netflix, asking the streaming service to include a disclaimer on the show to inform fans that it’s fictionalized. In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, O’Connor expressed his frustration about the request and revealed that it’s a slap in the face, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We were slightly let down by our culture secretary, whose job it is to encourage culture,” he said. “In my opinion, it’s pretty outrageous that he came out and said what he said. Particularly, in this time when he knows that the arts are struggling and they're on their knees, I think it’s a bit of a low blow.”
O’Connor went on to explain why there’s no need to add a disclaimer, claiming that fans already know The Crown is dramatized, adding, “My personal view is that audiences understand. You have to show them the respect and understand that they’re intelligent enough to see it for what it is, which is pure fiction.”