Alternative Queen’s Speech leaves viewers divided as deepfake dances on desk

Channel 4 have dished up a alternative to the Queen 's Christmas speech which has left the nation divided.

In keeping with tradition, the Queen will continue to deliver her annual festive speech which will air on the BBC and ITV at the regular slot of 3pm.

Putting a spin on the December update, Channel 4 have created a deepfake of the Queen and instead have shared their own "thoughts" on matters in a bid to showcase fictional video content that is often used to spread misinformation.

The reason the broadcasting giant wanted to issue an alternative Christmas message is to send a "stark warning" about fake news.

In the five minute message, the deepfake Queen covered a number of hard to swallow subjects such as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex opting to leave the UK.

Another jaw-dropping segment brought up the news about the Duke of York, who opted to step down from his royal duties after he had conveyed details about his relationship with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in an interview with the BBC.

Prior to the show even being aired, many had come forward to showcase their dismay, such as royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell who said it was a "rather poor impression" of the queen.

Members of the public were also annoyed at the imitation and branded it "disrespectful" in a number of Twitter posts.

While media regulators Ofcom were not flooded with complaints they had already received a small number but due to being a post-transmission watchdog, it wasn't something they could investigate in advance.

The media watchdog Ofcom said it had received "a small number of complaints", but because it is a post-transmission regulator could not consider them at this time.

Taking to Twitter, journalist Benjamin Butterworth slammed the channel, writing: "This is appalling. For a channel that highlights the dangers of fake news and doctored content online in its news output, it's very disappointing to see it indulging in the same methods for 'comedy' and normalising the blurred lines."

While others were loving the spin on tradition, with one viewer tweeting: "Channel 4 the Queen's Speech is epic."

Another wrote: "That was very very well done. Really good ending as well."

A third laughed: "Absolutely hilarious!"

And a fourth joked: "Just going to pretend the Channel 4 Queen's Speech is the real one," adding a laughing emoji at the end.

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