Channel 5 praised by viewers as they air The Emoji Movie over Queens funeral

Channel 5 has been praised by viewers who supported their decision to air The Emoji Movie instead of the Queen's funeral on Monday.

Queen Elizabeth II passed away on Thursday September 7 and millions of people across the globe tuned in to pay tribute to the beloved monarch.

The service began at 11am and was broadcasted on several channels including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky.

READ MORE: Woman on BBC Breakfast says 'seeing Queen's coffin was better than having kids'

But Channel 5 didn't follow suit and instead showed The Emoji Movie which started at 11:10am and was followed by Stuart Little from 12:30pm.

While this was deemed a controversial decision by many, others have backed the decision and took to social media to share their thoughts on the matter.

One user said: "Really don’t understand the criticism of Channel 5 for showing The Emoji Movie, Stuart Little etc during the queen’s funeral."

"Full respect to @channel5_tv for showing kids films all day when every other channel is wall to wall funeral coverage," added a second as someone else echoed: "People need to chill out with the channel 5/emoji movie slander (is it that bad?)"

A fourth quipped: "People joking about channel 5 showing the emoji movie instead of the funeral, but I've now realised it's so anyone who has children can let them watch stuff when most other channels show the funeral."

While another user tweeted: "You can watch the funeral on any other channel. Just don't watch Channel 5 and the Emoji movie and watch the funeral on any other channel."

The network did receive criticism from other social media users as many deemed the decision an act of disrespect.

"The Emoji Movie? Of all the films you could've shown, if you didn't want to show the funeral, like the Sky Cinema channels are doing, why that? Couldn't show less respect if you tried," fumed one.

Another raged: “Indeed. Channel 5 really need to show some respect."

"Sorry why are all the channels about The Queen apart from channel 5 who saw it fitting to play the emoji movie," chimed a third.

You can leave your tributes to Queen Elizabeth II here.

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