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Hitchens: "The King's Speech" Distorts History

Posted by Josh Rothman  February 8, 2011 03:39 PM

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A quick afternoon read: Christopher Hitchens, in The Guardian, on The King's Speech, which he says is an absurd distortion of history:

In a few months, the British royal family will be yet again rebranded and relaunched in the panoply of the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. Terms such as “national unity” and “people’s monarchy” will be freely flung around. Almost the entire moral capital of this rather odd little German dynasty is invested in the post-fabricated myth of its participation in “Britain’s finest hour”. In fact, had it been up to them, the finest hour would never have taken place. So this is not a detail but a major desecration of the historical record – now apparently gliding unopposed toward a baptism by Oscar.
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