Twitter Accuses the Golden Globes of ‘White Privilege’ over ‘Emily in Paris’ Nods

An overwhelming number of Twitter users are reacting to the “Emily in Paris” Golden Globe nominations.

On Wednesday, it was announced that the Netflix comedy-drama about an American social media strategist living in Paris earned two nods — one for the show, and one for lead actress Lily Collins.

However, after the news broke, several social media users questioned why the show was recognized over other shows such as “Insecure,” starring Issa Rae. Additionally, many argued that British drama “I May Destroy You” — created, written, co-directed, and executive produced by Michaela Coel — should have been nominated in the limited series categories.

Similar to past #OscarsSoWhite campaigns, some believed race played a factor.

“if you don’t think white supremacy is real, emily in paris is nominated for a golden globe,” wrote one Twitter user.

“Snubbing [Michaela Coel]/‘I May Destroy You’ and nominating Lily Collins/‘Emily in Paris’ is yet another example of how there are two sets of rules for Black and white people in this country. The mediocrity, my god,” said a commenter.

“This is how you know the white privilege in this industry is mad. Golden globes nominated Lily Collins for Emily in Paris?!!! I’m sorry what? You lot are taking the piss. Sksksksksk,” added another.

Despite the controversy, the Golden Globes did honor “Nomadland” director Chloé Zhao, who became the first director of Asian descent to receive a nomination.

Released in October, “Emily in Paris” — which also features Samuel Arnold, who is Black, and Ashley Park, who is of Korean descent — was well-received by fans but was criticized by many outlets.

That month, Vulture writer Sarah Moroz slammed the protagonist’s “vapidity.”

“Featuring a character who never rethinks her personhood, whose sense of imagination and purpose flares only when she is scheming brand strategy, conjures not only an enormous amount of secondhand embarrassment but speaks to her flatness as a protagonist,” the author wrote.

French publication 20 Minutes also believed the show was filled with French stereotypes.

“The berets. The croissants. The baguettes. The hostile waiters. The irascible concierges. The inveterate philanderers. The lovers and the mistresses. Name a cliché about France and the French, you’ll find it in ‘Emily in Paris,’” the outlet wrote via translation.


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