Ukrainian politician rips ‘offensive’ ‘Emily in Paris’

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Emily in the doghouse.

Film critics and audiences aren’t the one ones slamming “Emily in Paris” over cultural stereotypes. Netflix’s divisive American-out-of-water dramedy just lately fell into the crosshairs of a outstanding Ukrainian politician, who deemed the present’s portrayal of his nation’s folks “offensive” and inaccurate.

“In ‘Emily in Paris,’ we have a caricature of a Ukrainian woman which is unacceptable,” mentioned Oleksandr Tkachenko, Ukraine’s minister of tradition, in response to The Guardian.

He was referring to the rom-com’s character Petra, performed by actor Daria Panchenko, who’s afraid of deportation and is sartorially illiterate. At one level, she even tips the sequence’ titular character Emily Cooper (Lily Collins) into stealing garments and equipment from a store.

Suffice it to say, the depiction didn’t sit nicely with Tkachenko, who issued a criticism to Netflix.

Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine Oleksandr Tkachenko.
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“In the 1990s and 2000s, Ukrainian guys were portrayed mainly as gangsters,” the dismayed diplomat argued in his critique. “Over time this has changed. However, not in this case.”

He added, “Is this how Ukrainians will be seen abroad? Who steal, want to get everything for free, be afraid of deportation? This should not be so.”

Lucas Bravo as Gabriel and Lily Collins as Emily in episode 203 of Emily in Paris.
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Many Ukraine nationals seconded the politician’s sentiment, according to the Mirror, with researcher Olga Matveieva claiming that the Petra character “marginalizes the image of an average Ukrainian woman.”

“Nationality-based stereotyping not only provokes disbalance but maintains aggression,” she mentioned. “Let’s make peace, not offensive jokes.”

Lily Collins in “Emily In Paris.”
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Tkachenko claimed that Netflix was “diplomatic” in their response to his criticism and thanked him for the suggestions.

“They heard about the concern of Ukrainian viewers with the image of a Ukrainian woman,” the cultural minister insisted, including that he would collaborate with the streaming platform in 2022 to make sure that “the attitude of Ukrainians is taken into account in future filming.”

Lily Collins as Emily, William Abadie as Antoine Lambert and Ashley Park as Mindy in episode 206 of “Emily in Paris.”
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In the notoriously hate-watchable “Emily In Paris,” an bold 20-something advertising and marketing govt is employed to offer an American perspective at a advertising and marketing agency in Paris, France.

Ukrainians weren’t the one ones insulted by “EIP,” which portrays the French folks as beret-sporting, chain-smoking snobs who cheat on their companions with reckless abandon.

Lily Collins as Emily, Ashley Park as Mindy, Camille Razat as Camille in episode 202 of Emily in Paris.
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French critic Charles Martin wrote in his 2020 review for Première: “[In ‘Emily in Paris’] we learn that the French are ‘all bad’ (yes, yes), that they are lazy and never arrive at the office before the end of the morning, that they are flirtatious and not really attached to the concept of loyalty, that they are sexist and backward, and of course, that they have a questionable relationship with showering.”

“Yes, no cliché is spared, not even the weakest,” he added.

In a December interview with Elle UK, Collins claimed that the present could be “more inclusive and diverse” in its second run.

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