Sex Pistols’ Johnny Rotten Said He Refused to Be Portrayed in ‘The Crown’ Because Producers Planned to ‘Distort History’

Sex Pistols’ Johnny Rotten Said He Refused to Be Portrayed in ‘The Crown’ Because Producers Planned to ‘Distort History’
Sex Pistols lead singer John Lydon — better known by his stage name of Johnny Rotten — has revealed he turned down an opportunity to be depicted in “The Crown” after objecting to the show’s “distortion” of history.

The dispute with “The Crown,” which Lydon described as “an infuriating issue,” emerged during a court case he is currently embroiled in regarding another on-screen depiction of the Sex Pistols for FX.

In a witness statement submitted to the court, and seen by Variety, Lydon said the Netflix show’s producers contacted him about a season 3 episode portraying the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 (the celebration of the 25th anniversary of her ascension to the throne.)

But in addition to licensing Sex Pistols anthem “God Save the Queen,” Lydon said the producers also planned to depict the band on-screen disrupting the monarch’s celebratory boat ride down the River Thames.

“[T]he producers of
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