Observations of ‘The Crown’ Before Its Season 2 Premiere On Netflix
This post was completely meant as a one sentence Facebook post as I rewatched the first season of The Crown. However, as my mind swirled over the history and the nature of the time it took place, there was a lot to ponder. If I had I time machine, I would never want to travel to that period. Everyone was so concerned with their backwards view of morality and dignity based on the Bible.
A woman falling in love with a man who was divorced because his wife cheated on? He is damned because he didn’t stay in the marriage. She was damned for loving him. Sounds stupid? Yeah, it is. It’s these parts of religious culture that confuse me. Why? Because it’s a picking and choosing of things in the Bible while ignoring a LOT of sick crap that’s looked over like:
Exodus 21:20-21 – “If a man beats his male or female slave with a rod and the slave dies as a direct result, he must be punished, but he is not to be punished if the slave gets up after a day or two, since the slave is his property.”
Yep, if you beat your male or female slave and they die, you’re punished, but if they get up after a while, it’s all good. Let’s go drink wine. Also, slavery is cool as well.
And then there’s a thing or two on women:
1 Corinthians 14:33-35 – “For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. As in all the congregations of the saints, women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.”
Bit of an 180 degree turn on that one. I could go on, but my point is that a lof of this is like a dark cloud over everyone in the show and in history. Here are some observations of a great show, but a sad history for many:
- Women were treated, no, they were second-class citizens. Even the Queen.
- Love was looked at like a weakness.
- Divorce could ruin the life of a man who was cheated on, and also the woman who was in love with him and wanted to marry. WTF?!
- Some douche — her husband — wouldn’t kneel to the Queen until her coronation because, “ugh, a woman. I ain’t doing that.” F that guy. She’s the Queen. Monarchy is stupid, but you’re a d*ck.
- Female’s in the royal family received garbage education that lacked science and math and history, but were expected to sit through Churchill explaining all of this stuff before pivoting to the weather or something? I’d be pissed too if I was kept from learning basic formative years learning.
- The King, who abdicated his throne because of love, was a true badass. Oh, you could live in a bullsh*t life, or you could spend the rest of your life with someone you love. Yeah, the latter seems like a bit easier to deal with.
- F*ck, everyone stop smoking. Having someone chop half your lung out might be a bit of a connecting of the dots as to why you’re coughing up blood.
- Churchill was a bit of a war mongering a-hole. Eh, a huge one, but he was needed at that period. Went off the deep end after.
- Seriously, stop smoking.
- It’s “happy” not “Haap-hay.”
- In positions of power, or even reluctant power, people lie to you to make you happy. That seems like a bummer, but then again, humans are garbage bags made of skin filled with awful sauce.
- Absurd practices of religion could make a sister destroy her siblings life by refusing to let her marry. I mean, my friend’s fiance was complete mexican taco dinner poop, but I’m not about to tell him who to love. Thankfully she died in that air balloon accident I just made up.
I encourage you to watch the first season. It’s really an insight to how these people lived and tried to be dignified, but sort of weren’t dignified or special at all. Maybe for the time, but if I witnessed some of the stuff I saw happen after travelling back with a time machine, I would either laugh or scold them.
Season 2 of The Crown premieres in it entirety on Netflix on December 8th.
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