Orlando Bloom has spoken out in defense of the HBO sitcom "The Prince," following multiple backlashes faced by the new series, tagging it as malicious.
The release of the new animated series, "The Prince" on HBO Max was met with widespread criticism, as many deem it an inappropriate representation of the youngest heir to the British throne, Prince George of Cambridge.
The show follows the life of Prince George as he navigates the royal hassles as a future King. The cartoon series created by Gary Janetti portrayed a fictionalized version of Prince George, which Janetti has carefully crafted over the years.
Orlando Bloom attends the 11th Annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball at Cipriani, Wall Street on December 1, 2015 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images
Since 2017, the show creator has shared his views about the young prince on social media, through funny memes, despite having little knowledge of the royals.
Having finally crafted those views into an animated character, Janetti insists it was all for fun, as his work was in no way an attempt to depict the true nature of Prince George. But the world wouldn't have that.
Prince George at Thomas's school in Battersea, southwest London on September 7, 2017. | Photo: Getty Images
Following the release of the first episode, which aired on July 28, several people have come forward to condemn the fictionalized image of Prince George.
The casts of the show were not left out, as the majority of them have faced media backlash for voicing characters on the show.
PRINCE GEORGE'S IMAGE STIRS CONTROVERSY
Critics have condemned the star-studded show for depicting the young prince as the "catty, Real Housewives-obsessed character."
Prince George at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England. | Photo: Getty Images
While Janetti maintained that he only intended to show the 8-year old's insane take on the world and desire to be a star, many believe the series was in the pack, an attempt to poke fun at a child.
Women's rights activist Dr' Shola Mos-Shogbaminu pointed out that a parody intended to poke fun at an 8-year-old could never pass as funny. She believed the HBO Max series crossed the line because children were off-limits when it came to parodies and fictionalized accounts.
Many others shared the view, turning to various platforms to throw shade at the actors responsible for bringing the characters to life.
ORLANDO BLOOM'S TAKE ON "THE PRINCE"
Amid the growing media onslaught garnered by the new series and its star-studded cast, Orlando Bloom shared his candid take. The actor, who made headlines last year following the release of his long-anticipated movie, "Retaliation," insisted that the animated film was not malicious.
The British actor explained that the series was somehow a way of showing adoration to the British royals. According to him, whatever seemed like fun-poking in the series was done with affection and good intention.
MEET THE CAST
"The Prince" features a handful of A-list celebrities, including Orlando Bloom, who voiced Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, on the animated series. Hollywood icons like Sophie Turner, Alan Cumming, Condola Rashad, Dan Stevens, and Lucy Punch also starred in the series.
Gary Janetti voiced the title character, Prince George, while Sophie Turner gave life to 6-year-old Princess Charlotte. "Billions" star Condola Rashad took on the voice of Meghan Markle.
"Game of Thrones" actor Iwan Rheon voiced Prince William while Alan Cumming played Owen, a fictionalized character representing Prince George's buttler, Owen.
Assuming the role of Queen Elizabeth, "Rising Damp," actress Frances de la Tour did justice to the British Monarch's character. Dan Stevens lent his voice to Prince Charles' character, with "Bad Teacher" actress Lucy Punch voicing Kate Middleton.
Also, guest-starring in the animated series are Kelly Ripa, Erika Jayne, Lisa Rinna, Brad Goreski, Kyle Richards, and Andy Cohen, among others.
SOPHIE TURNER FACES BACKLASH
Netizens have condemned "Game Of Thrones" star Sophie Turner for seemingly being hypocritical. According to them, the star had no place voicing Princess Charlotte, given her tenacity in protecting her own family's privacy.
A fan accused Turner of going against her nuggets on privacy and children's rights by agreeing to voice Charlotte, hence poking fun at the little princess. Another enjoined the 25-year-old to imagine her daughter at the receiving end of such parody.
The actress made headlines in May for butting heads with a photographer for attempting to take a photo of her one-year-old daughter, Willa.
To many, being bold enough to portray the Princess of Cambridge mockingly without concern for her rights while upholding Willa's privacy counted as hypocrisy.
Despite the negative acclaim surrounding the fictionalized show about the royal family in the first week of its release, Janetti is positive the young Prince George would find it pleasing.
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