What? Sooty was in the film that is one of the leading contenders for the Best Picture Oscar? Norman explains in his final remarks, just below a large picture of Sooty:
Oh, I forgot to mention The King’s Speech’s worst crime of all. One scene has Helena Bonham Carter’s bitchy Queen Elizabeth trying to strike up a rapport with Lionel Logue’s children by asking: ‘Do you like Sooty?’
Sooty...in the Thirties? Actually that most malevolent of glove puppets didn’t come along until 1948 with his hammer and ink squirt and magic words: ‘Izzy-wizzy, let’s get busy.’
Izzy-wizzy...once again a scriptwriter didn’t get busy enough.
'Worst crime'? Even if this was accurate, it would hardly be a 'worst crime'.
But sadly, for Norman and the Mail's fact-checkers, it doesn't appear to be accurate - several comments under the article claim she asked a child who wasn't one of Logue's children about sweeties. Not Sooty:
- The lovely Queen Mum said (quite in keeping with the times) "would you like a sweetie?" I'm a southern girl straight out of Dixie and even I understood what she meant.
- Get a life, as you're a pretty poor critic and a deaf one. Sweeties not Sooty!!!!
- Well when I saw the film I heard "Do you like SWEETIES" not "Do you like Sooty"! One of us heard it wrong, Mr Norman.
- Philip Norman, you're an idiot. She doesn't say "do you like Sooty?", she says "do you want a sweetie?".
- Gasp! Another shock expose from the Daily Mail - "Film is work of fiction!" Whatever next?
- Did you actually watch the kings speech? Queen Elizabeth was hardly bitchy. And she was asking the boy, who was one of Logue's patients, not his son, whether he liked SWEETIES.
- Sweeties, Mr Norman; not Sooty.... when writing an article about innacuracy, surely facts should be triple-checked?
- How is this journalism?
(hat-tip to David Cronan)