David Beckham, the globally acclaimed football icon, has recently stepped into the limelight with his latest Netflix documentary, aptly titled 'Beckham' While the series aims to offer an in-depth exploration of his tumultuous journey within the sport, it has not been immune to scrutiny.
Fact-checkers and professional critics alike have meticulously analyzed the content, raising questions about the authenticity of the narrative presented. A thorough investigation spearheaded by The Sunday Times in the UK has shed light on the matter, delving into the four-hour long documentary series with a fine-tooth comb.
The result? The discovery of six distinct instances where the documentary appears to have taken liberties with historical events, allegedly in a bid to uphold Beckham's esteemed reputation.
1998 World Cup: Truths Unveiled
One of the most poignant examples highlighted is the 1998 World Cup match incident.
The documentary paints a picture of Beckham facing a barrage of hostility from Manchester United fans following his red card and subsequent removal from the field for a foul against an Argentine player. However, it goes on to depict his redemption arc by the close of the following season.
The Sunday Times, however, presents a counter-narrative, asserting that Beckham's popularity never truly wavered at his home field from the moment he made his return. Deadline, another reputable source, adds fuel to the fire with additional examples, suggesting that such films may be nothing more than glorified PR stunts.
It’s noteworthy that the celebrities featured in these documentaries, Beckham included, often bear the title of "executive producer," potentially allowing for a significant influence over the content. Despite these controversies, the allure of Beckham’s story remains undeniable.
The documentary series has captivated audiences, pulling in a staggering 3.4 million subscribers in the UK alone, even in the face of a recent £1 increase in Netflix’s subscription fee. Beckham’s saga, it seems, continues to resonate with fans, leaving an indelible mark on the world of football and beyond.