EMILY IN PARIS is a Hollywood production series that airs on Netflix. Describes a female character from the United States named Emily who is told to migrate to Paris, France to work and meet many new people.
Although the plot seems interesting and far from being controversial, in fact, this show often attracts controversy because it is considered to display bad stereotypes against certain countries. The first season was criticized for promoting the bad image and stereotypes of the City of Paris and its people.
French people are described as rude and often cheat on their partners. The second season of EMILY IN PARIS is also considered to give a bad picture of British people through Alfie’s character. The character is told to only spend his time drinking at the bar and watching football.
1. Protested by the Ukrainian Minister
If previously it only received criticism from critics and film fans, this time the Netflix series, EMILY IN PARIS, drew protests from the Minister of Culture of Ukraine, Oleksandr Tkachenko. The drama, starring Lily Collins, is considered to show bad Ukrainian stereotypes through one of its characters.
That character is Petra, Emily’s classmate who comes from Kyiv, Ukraine. In one episode of the series, Petra is told that she often steals during her travels in Paris.
The character, played by actress Daria Panchenko, is told to bring clothes from a shop she visits without paying. He is also described as having a bad fashion sense and having problems that put him at risk of deportation.
The depiction is considered insulting and offensive to citizens of the country located in Eastern Europe. Quoted from The Guardian, Tkachenko wrote: “We have an unacceptable caricature of a Ukrainian woman. That’s insulting too.
Is that how Ukrainians look abroad?” The country’s top brass has also lodged an official protest against Netflix, the streaming platform that produced the series.
2. Lily Collins’ comments
Also quoted from The Guardian, Collins said season two wanted to be more diverse and inclusive, “For me as Emily, but also as a producer, after season one, hearing people’s thoughts, concerns, questions, likes, dislikes, just feelings about it.
certain things that speak to the time we live in and what is right, moral and ought to be done. I wanted diversity and inclusion in front of and behind the camera to be something we really focused on.”
Despite receiving a lot of criticism, EMILY IN PARIS remains one of Netflix’s hit series that is currently in the top 10 most viewed shows on Netflix worldwide. Its first season is Netflix’s most popular comedy series of 2020, which is also nominated for a 2021 Emmy award for comedy series