This network’s decision caused many scowls on social media.
Channel 5 sparked a major uproar online after it controversially aired the “emoji movie” and other animated children’s films in lieu of the Queen’s funeral at London’s Westminster Abbey on Monday morning.
While BBC One, BBC Two and ITV broadcast the funeral live and Channel 4 showed a 1953 Queen documentary, the Paramount-owned channel decided instead to show the 2017 sci-fi comedy cartoon, widely regarded as one the worst cartoons are considered movies ever made, Express reported. Other animated films such as “Stuart Little” and “Ice Age 3” then played, Metro reported.
In this way, Channel 5 became the only major UK service not to air coverage of Queen during the event.
Needless to say, many social media users took the programming decision with a sniff shocked Twitter user writes, “There’s no way channel 5 is showing the emoji movie rn.”
“Sorry why are all channels on The Queen except channel 5 which saw fit to play the emoji movie?” another stuttered.
“Indeed. Channel 5 really needs to show some respect.” said an offended mourner the royal rick roll.
Others, however, felt the program change was a refreshing interlude from the somber funeral coverage.
“Channel five is playing the emoji movie while all other channels are playing the queen’s funeral, this is the best ever.” praised one cartoon fan on Twitter.
“Channel 5 is showing the emoji film during the Queen’s funeral… not the heroes we wanted… but the heroes we deserve…” gushed another.
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Some Twitter jokers even got smart about being touched by what they were seeing, only to reveal they were watching “The Emoji Movie” and not the Queen’s funeral.
“It’s quite an emotional watch and there will never be anything like it again, it’s so unique and so culturally significant.” joked a joker online. “Saying that, I hope they do a sequel to the emoji movie.”