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I want lớn start by saying that Netflix Original comedy-drama Emily in Paris: Season 2 is definitely an improvement from its work with Season 1. Emily (Lily Collins) is finally making an effort khổng lồ learn French, there’s some intriguing drama in the form of old friends becoming new villains, and Sylvie (Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu) steals the show every time we’re lucky enough lớn have her grace our screens.
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While the show did make an effort khổng lồ take its initial criticisms in stride, unfortunately, it still has some shortcomings (like the drawn-out ménage à trois between Emily, Gabriel (Lucas Bravo), và Camille (Camille Razat), or the way Emily & the supposedly-destitute and definitely-freeloading Mindy (Ashley Park) can afford such lavish wardrobes and lifestyles) that undermined some of its forward motion, none, evidently, more so than the Petra Problem.
Emily in Paris has been in some hot water as of late for their Eastern European-caricature of a character, Petra (Daria Panchenko), a designer apparel-obsessed kleptomaniac who can barely speak English OR French và is basically just around as a punchline lớn drive Emily into the clutches of new flame Alfie (Lucien Laviscount). Emily and Petra are in the same French class, và seem well on their way to becoming fast friends when our titular American gal partners with Petra for a class project. It even starts out as a fun exercise of cultural exchange — “tell us about your partner and their lives, mais en français, s’il vous plait!”
We learn that Petra is from Kyiv, Ukraine, that she dresses and looks kind of lượt thích Luna Lovegood (you know, Harry Potter’s resident spacey Ravenclaw), she is portrayed as tacky và unsubtle is style and manner, và oh yeah, she LOVES khổng lồ steal. “I love free, no?” she says before walking out of a fancy store wearing various stolen accessories và clothes, prompting Emily to bởi the same before valiantly saying that stealing is bad and it didn’t work for Jean Valjean, before returning the stolen items. Petra comes across as both the butt of the joke, and as merely cannon fodder to lớn push Emily towards Alfie (and thereby spark their relationship).
Lily Collins và her fellow producers, as well as series creator Darren Star, seem to lớn be making a genuine efforts to lớn improve Emily in Paris with each season, as they listen khổng lồ critiques & take steps to lớn adjust and grow accordingly. Even so, this stereotypical character ended up rubbing many people the wrong way, namely those of Eastern European descent & nationalities.
Among such detractors was Ukraine’s own culture minister, Oleksandr Tkachenko, who was moved to send a letter to lớn Netflix speaking out against the portrayal of Petra & how it poorly represents và depicts Ukrainian people. Tkachenko expanded on his reaction in a December 24th post on his Telegram channel, writing, “We have a caricature image of a Ukrainian woman that is unacceptable. It is also insulting. Is that how Ukrainians are seen abroad?”
We can only hope that Emily in Paris and Netflix can continue their trend of heeding đánh giá and commentary in order to vì better with representation and characterization in Season 3 (if there is one, as it has yet to lớn be greenlit by Netflix). And maybe, just maybe, if there is another season, we’ll even get lớn see Petra get some sweet revenge, or at the very least, a nice new storyline.