On a historic day for the UK, residents appeared to have a choice of watching Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, or The Emoji Movie.
British broadcaster Channel 5, one of five non-cable channels in the country, decided to carry children’s television programs, while almost all other networks covered funerals.
This decision was met with ridicule, condemnation and praise online, as The Emoji Movie and Channel 5 have become trending topics.
After 10 days of mourning after her death on September 8, the monarch’s funeral was held at Westminster Abbey, before she was taken to her final resting place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, in Berkshire.
Funeral coverage started early in the UK, but from 11.10am Channel 5 aired The Emoji Moviethen Stuart Littlethen The Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaursthen To sing.
“I really don’t understand Channel 5’s criticism for showing The Emoji MovieStuart Little, etc. at the Queen’s funeral,” Twitter user @tdnightingale wrote on Twitter.
“What else are kids from families that don’t have pay TV/streaming supposed to do, sit around and watch white people in suits look too sad for 6 hours? »
In the comments section of this popular tweet, many wrote that the momentous occasion should have been recognized in a different way for children, regarding the royal family.
Others who preferred not to watch the Queen’s funeral praised Channel 5 for giving viewers an option.
“not the heroes we wanted…but the heroes we deserve…” @sapphyreblayze wrote, while @cleoofffilm tweeted that the channel’s decision to air the famous film would become a “cult classic representing dissent against the establishment “.
Upon release, The Emoji Moviewhich features the voice talents of James Corden, Patrick Stewart, Anna Faris and Christina Aguilera, received overwhelmingly negative reviews and won four Golden Raspberry awards.
“I can’t believe we’re finally here, it’s going to be such a tough watch. Good luck to all to pass The Emoji Movie on Channel 5 this morning,” @davemacladd wrote.
“You put me on the side of [,,,] Emoji Movie,” another tweeted, while @panoparker wrote, “It was so emotional, I didn’t think it would hit me so hard. Nothing but respect for the people who made the emoji movie it was a masterpiece. »
Film journalist Chris Hewitt tweeted: “Appropriately subdued atmosphere, as you’d expect from a room full of people who know they’re missing The Emoji Movie. »
Prince William’s third child, Prince Louis, missed his great-grandmother’s funeral. Many people on Twitter predicted that the 4-year-old royal was at home enjoying alternative television programming.
“No sign of Prince Louis, he is probably at the palace watching the emoji movie on Channel 5″, wrote @captain_az, receiving 65,000 likes.
Meanwhile, @gortavfc made the same joke but hinted he would do it like Kevin McCallister from Alone at home.
Newsweek has contacted Channel 5 representatives for further comment.