The Prince: HBO cartoon appears to mock Prince George
Prince George sparked a huge debate among royal fans following the release of clips from the new HBO Max show “The Prince”, due to be released in early 2021. Series producer Gary Janetti has been faced with an onslaught of criticism over his portrayal of the 7-year-old royal, with some supporters accusing the writer of “bullying” George. One Twitter user urged other social media users to pressure the production company to “look into this” and avoid “bullying” children.
They said: “@HBO and the ‘agbaya’ called Gary Janetti mock Prince George and we’re busy signing petitions all over the place!
“Let’s tag everyone in the UK and US who should be looking into this and protecting children. #OffLimits #ItsNotFunny #KidsAreOffLimits #StopBullyingLittleChildren”
Another said: “This is nothing short of child abuse! Shame on you, make money off of an innocent 7-year-old. Could you get any lower?”
And another simply commented: “Very bad taste and extremely vicious.”
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Other users urged both HBO and the producer to consider Prince George is “growing up” and needs as much normality as possible.
They wrote: “P. George is a little boy, just growing up as normally as possible right now.
“This is cruel, super-bullying, and disgraceful. Bad job.”
Another said: “He’s a child. Harassing or bullying a child is unfair. It can have terrible repercussions on a child. Should not be allowed.”
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In the footage shared so far, Prince George is portrayed as a foul-mouthed, entitled 7-year-old cursing at royal staff and discussing his sexuality.
Mr Janetti defended the programme as he insisted George’s depiction is intended as “super funny” and affectionate.
He said: “I would hope that he would find it super funny, and have a sense of humour about it.
“And obviously see that everything is meant with affection.”
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The show will come at a time of increased scrutiny for production companies after Netflix faced criticism following the release of the latest series of The Crown.
The backlash pushed Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden to suggest the platform should include a disclaimer informing viewers the programme is only inspired by true events.
Mr Dowden said: “It’s a beautifully produced work of fiction, so as with other TV productions, Netflix should be very clear at the beginning it is just that.
“Without this, I fear a generation of viewers who did not live through these events may mistake fiction for fact.”
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