Ukraine’s culture minister slams ‘offensive’ Netflix show Emily in Paris
Hit Netflix show Emily in Paris has been criticized for its “offensive” portrayal of Ukrainians.
Oleksandr Tkachenko, Ukraine’s culture minister, filed a complaint with the streaming service giant over the show’s stereotyping, calling it “unacceptable”.
The show’s second series features Kyiv-born Petra, an uneducated thief with a bad sense of fashion played by Ukrainian actress Daria Panchenko.
But the addition to the cast has not gone down well with Ukrainians, who Mr Tkachenko says find the stereotypes offensive.
The show’s first series, which stars Lily Collins, was also hit by allegations of stereotyping
Oleksandr Tkachenko says the show doesn’t show Ukrainians how they want to be seen abroad, calling it ‘unacceptable’
“In the 1990s and 2000s, Ukrainians were mostly portrayed as gangsters,” he said. “Over time, that changed. However, not in this case.
“In Emily in Paris, we have a caricature of a Ukrainian woman who is unacceptable. It’s also offensive.
“Is this how Ukrainians will be seen abroad? Who steals, wants to have everything for free, is afraid of expulsion? It shouldn’t be like this.
His comments were backed by the likes of Ukrainian influencer Eugenie Hawrylko who wondered if there was “still a place for such ignorance and intolerance” in the 21st century.
Researcher Olga Matveieva added: “Stereotypes based on nationality not only cause imbalance but fuel aggression. Let’s make peace, no offensive jokes.
Mr Tkachenko took his concerns to Netflix, which he said agreed to maintain “close contact” with him to avoid future instances of stereotyping on the show.
“They thanked me for the comments,” he said. “But they heard about Ukrainian viewers’ concern about the image of a Ukrainian woman.
The show’s second series features Kyiv-born Petra, an uneducated thief with a bad sense of fashion played by Ukrainian actress Daria Panchenko
Despite negative reviews from critics, the show became a favorite with a large fan base who found it a “lightweight” antidote to the covid pandemic.
“We have agreed that in 2022 we will be in close contact to prevent such cases.
“Such an active public stance will help ensure that the attitude of Ukrainians will be taken into account in future filming.”
The show’s first series, which features Lily Collins, daughter of Genesis 2.0 frontman Phil Collins, has also been hit with allegations of stereotyping after the French were dubbed rude waiters, womanizers and mistresses.
“Quote a cliche on the French, you will find it in Emily In Paris”, fulminates the French newspaper 20 Minutes.
And Madmoizelle magazine fumed: “This reduces the inhabitants of the capital to vile snobs wearing Birkin handbags who light up a cigarette as soon as they leave the gym.”
Despite negative reviews from critics, it became a favorite with a large fanbase who found it a “lightweight” antidote to the covid pandemic.
Many viewers said they recognized many of the well-worn themes about Parisians included in the series, whether it’s long lunches, late arrivals at the office, or the French belief that Americans “live to work. ” – while they themselves “work”. to live’.
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Elaine Sciolino, 71, tweeted about the series, created by Sex and the City producer Darren Star: “In the clichés were grains of truth.
“The world is dangerous and covid is resurfacing in France. Let us taste the pleasures of everyday life.
Earlier this week, Lily Collins sent fans into a frenzy after appearing to confirm there would be a third season of her hit show as she toyed with fans that the show could take place in Berlin.
Fans got excited after Lily reposted a photo of herself modeling for Vogue Hong Kong alongside a comment from a fan suggesting the style was more “Emily in Berlin” and she teased in response: ‘Season 3 pivot??? Who’s with me?’
Lily Collins produced the second season and starred as Chicago native Emily Cooper, who works as a social media strategist on Know despite never having learned to speak or write French — much to the chagrin of some of his colleagues.