“Emily in Paris” criticized the Ukrainian character as “attacking”
In the second season of the show, which premiered in December, Oleksandr Takashenko expressed frustration with the “attack” portrayed by the Ukrainian character Petra.
The last season begins with American executive Emily, played by Lily Collins, who cheats on the consequences of sleeping with her boyfriend Gabriel (Lucas Bravo). Demands for her work in Paris and the cultural barriers that exist between her and her Parisian colleagues.
To help integrate into this new life, the Chicago native joined an elementary French class. There he meets Petra, played by Daria Panchenko.
However, Petra makes a bad impression on Emily, who unwittingly steals clothes from a local mall and encourages her to do the same before running to the streets of Paris.
“Unacceptable” and “offensive”
Tkachenko rejected the plot.
“Emily in Paris has a cartoon of a Ukrainian woman, which is unacceptable. On the other hand, it’s hurtful. Are Ukrainians abroad like this? Wrote in a post on his official Telegram channel.
Tkachenko, looking at the first season and describing it as “a good entertainment series”, said there were “some ideas”.
“Netflix is familiar with Ukraine. Suffice it to say that most of the streets of Paris were filmed in Kiev in the movie ‘The Last Mercenary’,” he noted.
“Also, as our culture became more popular, Europeans and Americans met with our artists and many more. At least director Oksana Linev, tennis player Elena Svitolina, singer Jamala, and designer Vita Kin.”
“But this is not enough. And we must continue to fight for the same ideas, because in the 1990s and 2000s Ukrainians were primarily portrayed as thugs, but that has changed over time.”
CNN contacted Netflix for comment.
“Emily in Paris”: A fan favorite?
When the first season of “Emily in Paris” was screened in 2020, some French viewers saw it. Criticized, He said, recycling outdated clichs about the city and its citizens.
Most recently, Emily’s new love interest, Albee (Lucian Lewiskound), a British banker, received mixed reviews from audiences.
“I hate how Alfie was portrayed in ‘Emily in Paris'”, Has tweeted that One user argued, “The British people would not be this shameful.”
“Alfie’s” Emily in Paris is a really identical British guy who wants to go to the pub. ” Wrote Others.
“I love Alfie from Emily in Paris”, Tweeted Another user.
Despite the criticism, the Emmy-nominated show repeatedly won over audiences.
The first season aired in 58 million families in its first four weeks and is Netflix’s most popular comedy series in 2020. Press release.