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“Game of French Thrones”: BBC’s “Versailles” turns Louis XIV’s reign into sex-‘n’-sadism romp

March 24, 2016

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Louis: Once the Sun King, now the porn king

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

And those who really cannot remember the past are condemned to turn it into a hilarious-sounding TV soap-apalooza  of sex and sadism gussied up in period costumes–that is, on the rare occasions when the actors are actually wearing their costumes instead of romping in their their birthday suits….

The U.K. Daily Mail reports (trigger warning: lotsa very very Daily Mail photos that aren’t exactly SFW):

“Versailles is described by the Corporation as ‘delicious treat’ for viewers, but MPs and family rights campaigners are outraged by its nudity and graphic sex scenes, and have described it as “porn dressed up in a cravat and tights’.

“The lavish French-made series – which depicts the decadent and debauched life of France’s Sun King, Louis XIV – is set to be the most sexually graphic costume drama ever shown on British TV.

“The first episode includes gay sex, a cross-dressing prince, and a queen with a penchant for dwarves. In one scene, the king, played by English actor George Blagden, is seen burying his head between his mistress’s thighs….

“Makers Canal Plus have also ramped up the violence. Graphic scenes of torture in the opening episode, seen by The Mail on Sunday, include one of the king’s enforcers bludgeoning a man to death with a hammer. In a later episode a man’s hand is severed at the wrist.”

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

 

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