Worse Than “Gigli”


Harry and Meghan Are Doing Themselves No Favors with Their Panned Netflix Series

It’s hard to imagine there’s any more to say than has already been said about the first half of the Netflix series “Harry & Meghan.” But I urge you to read the reviews, for it is there, unlike in the series itself, that there is a very interesting story.

Until now, there’s been a transatlantic divide over the couple. Traditionally, Americans think they are great, liberated independents speaking truth to power. The English think they are treacherous, self-involved publicity-seekers who are as guilty as the press they despise of milking (and knocking) the institution that created them for money.

But this past week, I googled, searching in vain for an American publication that had a wholly positive review of this series. And I couldn’t find a single one. The New York Times deemed the series a tedious Instagram story, calling it “an image-making exercise for the endless scroll.” Peggy Drexler, writing for CNN, said “it’s self-promotional, self-aggrandizing and, frankly, a little boring.”

It seems that even the liberal U.S. media has finally seen through this paper-thin PR exercise and realized that the couple’s narrative is rather more about self-service than public service, and that, yes, even in our social-media-driven-world there is still such a thing as over-exposure. The series’ audience score on Rotten Tomatoesstands at the time of writing at a miserable 11 percent. That is even worse than the score for the fiasco of a movie that was “Gigli,” which is currently at 13 percent.

Read the rest at “Vicky Ward Investigates.”