Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral is set to be one of the most-watched TV events of all time… but it won’t be seen on Britain’s Channel 5.
Instead of showing the monarch’s historic funeral live, the British broadcaster opted to show the 2017 film, ‘The Emoji Movie’.
The only major broadcaster in the UK not to show the Queen’s funeral live on Monday, Channel 5 has opted for children’s counter-programming with programming that includes ‘The Emoji Movie’, ‘Stuart Little’, ‘Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs”, and “Singing”.
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Featuring a voice cast that includes Anna Faris, James Corden, Maya Rudolph and Jennifer Coolidge, the critically acclaimed “Movie Emoji” holds a 6% “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
On this National Nourning Day in the UK, UK viewers took to Twitter to mock the lineup and, in particular, the choice of film.
as her majesty is laid to rest, the nation pauses in deepest sorrow to pay their respects by watching the movie emoji on channel 5 pic.twitter.com/hMWsAmpwO6
— Lucia Keskin (@chiwithaC) September 19, 2022
by no means all the channels showing the funeral and channel 5 showing the movie Emoji 😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/fJJ9zMtif7
— isaac (@afcisaac5_) September 19, 2022
I can’t stop thinking about the Emoji movie on Channel 5 when the funeral takes place 😂😂😂
— Rhys 👨🏻🦰 (@rhysluvv) September 19, 2022
watching the movie emoji instead of the queen’s funeral is what she would have wanted xx pic.twitter.com/5cXxNlev9m
— lils (@flopjoyhoe) September 19, 2022
It’s a bit of an emotional watch and there will never be anything like it again, it’s so unique and so culturally significant.
That said, I hope they make a sequel to the Emoji movie.
—Joe (@JL1894) September 19, 2022
every channel showing the queen’s funeral and channel 5 is showing the movie emoji I’m crying why is this so funny pic.twitter.com/QRj4mlhdxU
— mollie (@longlivemollie) September 19, 2022
I can’t believe we’re finally here, it’s going to be such a tough watch. Good luck everyone making it through The Emoji Movie on Channel 5 this morning.
— dave ❄️ 🥕 🧻 (@davemacladd) September 19, 2022
— James (@gortavfc) September 19, 2022
Channel 5, which airs children’s content every morning, has been praised by others for including youth-friendly counter-programming as schools are closed for the National Day.
I really don’t understand the criticism from Channel 5 for showing The Emoji Movie, Stuart Little, etc. at the Queen’s funeral.
What else are kids from families that don’t have pay tv/broadcasting supposed to do otherwise, sit and watch white people in suits look too sad for 6 hours?
— Tom (@tdnightingale) September 18, 2022