The Crown : Vulgar limericks at beginning of Episode 1

Vulgar limericks at beginning of Episode 1

Any historical evidence of this?

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According to "The King's Speech", it was one of the exercises King George VI did to help with his stuttering.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it- Aristotle

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Perhaps, but his limerick didn't even parse properly. I just thought it was a touch of unnecessary vulgarity in the first few minutes of a new series.

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Are you boohooing the fact that adults speak in an adult manner?

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It's a class thing. One doesn't expect adult language from Billingsgate Fish Market to be heard from royalty at Buck House.

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It's a class thing? Indeed it is, but not the way you think. It's the anxious lower-middles who are prissy about language, not the upper classes.

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You won't find any lower middle class people at Billingsgate Fish Market, where this kind of language is commonplaceyou'll find plenty of working class oiks, though.

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Yes, that's what I said. The oik and the duke share a rich and colourful vocabulary; it's the lace-curtained, what-will-the-neighbours-say would-be-genteel who are easily shocked. Oh, and Americans.

In the first couple of episodes, which is as far as I've got as yet, practically every man in sight has served in the Navy or the RAF. The King was a career naval officer till he was suddenly shoved onto the throne by his brother's abdication. Soldiers and sailors are not exactly noted for their chaste and ladylike speech. When the story opens he is dressing for his daughter's wedding, and he is nervous; he hated public appearances. His equerry - and good friend - is trying to help him relax a little. A touching scene, I think.

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I'm neither a lace-curtained etc or an American or even shocked. My original point was that you don't start a series with gratuitous use of vulgar language in the very first episode - especially as that appears to be the *only* instance of vulgar language (which I myself have used freely on this board). Perhaps you think differently?

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Well, yes, I do think rather differently, in that it wasn't gratuitous - the little scene showed the problems and the vulnerability of the King, and started to establish his character and that of those around him. As I said, I found it rather touching. The silly limericks made him laugh and relax a bit as he finished dressing, leading us into the wedding scene.

I don't know what 'R' rating is - the US equivalent of our '18', I suppose? but I don't think it's relevant, anyway. This is not what people call 'adult', meaning soft pornographic, material, but it's 'adult' in the sense that it's entertainment for grown-ups, I can't imagine that many small children would be likely to be watching it.

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But why do it at the very beginning of a series? How many people, I wonder, were turned off by that and didn't watch any more? Sounds like bad business to me.

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I agree wholeheartedly that this vulgarity is gratuitous and does nothing more than establish the fact that it is permissible. In no way does it advance the story. I'm not prudish.

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The limericks make a number of points: the intimacy Townsend shares with the king, how the king is more comfortable being treated as an ordinary person, the king's sense of humor, and that the series will be showing us the private faces of the royal family.

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This.

"Vulgarity," ugh. Is the show full of swearing? No. There's a point to it. Don't be automatically insulted.

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That's how I took it, too. I thought it was a nice touch.

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One of the episodes shows the Queens father, King George VI reciting a dirty limerick. Even though his preference to use dirty limericks in conversation was well known, the Royal family may not be comfortable with the idea of showing it. After all, it could tarnish their reputation.
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It was kind of immature, but funny that even royalty could appreciate a dirty joke. What I noticed was how rude George was to his servant. He couldn't even dress himself, but he snapped.

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Geez, you are so prissy.

Please watch any R rated movie, or even adult themed shows on FX.

I don't need a history book to believe that in private, among men, that royalty recited limericks. Every limerick I know is dirty, There once was a hermit named Dave, there was a young lady in Wheeling.

Just how would there be historical evidence of a King saying a limerick. And why does it upset you. Are you watching it with your teenage daughter and thinking she might ask you to explain it. Just tell her shhhh, I'm want to hear what's going on now.

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This series was never intended to be an R rated movie or an adult themed show.
If you can't understand that, then without in any way wishing to be rude, fck you, sshole.

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