Ukraine’s Culture Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko has filed a complaint with Netflix over the offensive stereotypical portrayal of a Ukrainian character in the show Emily in Paris.
In a Telegram message, Tkachenko wrote: “We have a caricature image of a Ukrainian woman that is unacceptable. It’s also offensive. Is that how Ukrainians are perceived abroad?”
Media in Ukraine confirmed that he has sent a letter to the streaming giant to complain about the portrayal of Petra, played by actor Daria Panchenko, who is terrified of being deported on the show, has shoplifted while shopping with Emily and is poorly dressed. sense – the ultimate faux pas in this appearance-obsessed world.
Emily in Paris is about the American, played by Lily Collins, who moves to the City of Light to work for a marketing agency and quickly becomes an influencer.
This is far from the first time the show has been blasted for its clichéd and stereotypical depictions – in fact, it has become famous for its beret-wearing, chain-smoking and flirty French characters. The Guardian review of his debut series stated it was “astonishingly tone deaf”, adding: “Name a stereotype, and in the first three episodes Emily not only encountered it, but tried to set it straight, it adapt to the American way.”
French critic Charles Martin, writing for Premiere, was furious. “Honestly, there’s plenty to be offended about watching Emily in Paris. When they decided to caricature us, the authors did not hold back… no cliché is spared, not even the faintest.”
In an interview with Elle UK in December, Collins stated that the show was trying to correct some of the perceived flaws in its second run, stating that it would make it “more inclusive and diverse”.
Collins said, “For me as Emily, as well as a producer, after season one, hearing people’s thoughts, concerns, questions, likes and dislikes, there were certain things that spoke to the times we live in and what is right, and moral and correct and needs to be done. And I really wanted diversity and inclusion in front of and behind the camera to be something that we really focus on, in many ways.”
Emily in Paris continues to be a hit for Netflix and is currently in the top 10 most-watched shows on the platform around the world.