Netflix’s ‘Emily in Paris’ Upsets Ukraine Over Stereotype

Ukraine’s culture minister Oleksandr Tkachenko condemned Netflix for its offensive stereotype of a Ukrainian character in its show “Emily in Paris”.

“We have a caricature image of a Ukrainian woman that is unacceptable. It is also insulting,” Tkachenko said in a Telegram post. “Is this how Ukrainians are seen abroad? They steal, want to get everything for free, be afraid of deportation?”

The minister was referring to the show’s character Petra, played by Ukrainian actress Daria Panchenko, who has bad fashion sense, shoplifts, and is afraid of being deported.

“Emily in Paris” stars Lily Collins as a young marketing executive from Chicago who lands a job at a Paris firm to work with luxury brands.

The show has been repeatedly criticized for cliched depictions of different nationalities. The Guardian had previously labelled it “an excruciating exorcism of French cliches” after it became known for portraying the French as beret-wearing and chain-smoking philanderers.

Tkachenko said that he will send a letter to Netflix regarding the complaint.

“We will have to continue to fight stereotypes,” Tkancheko said in the post. “Because if in the 90s and 2000s Ukrainian guys were portrayed mostly as gangsters, over time that has changed.”

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