Emily in Paris continues to attract controversy after Ukraine’s culture minister claimed he has filed a complaint over Ukrainian stereotypes.
The new season features the character Petra, who hails from Ukraine’s capital Kyiv.
Petra is portrayed as a poor dresser who lives with the fear of being deported. She also shoplifts in one scene from the new season.
As BBC News reports, the culture minister Oleksandr Tkachenko has officially complained about the ‘insulting’ image of Ukrainians prominent in the show.
In a post on Telegram, Tkachenko said: ‘In Emily in Paris, we have a caricature image of a Ukrainian woman that is unacceptable. It is also insulting.
‘Is that how Ukrainians are seen abroad? [As people] who steal, want to get everything for free, be afraid of deportation? This should not be so.’
It’s not the first time the show has come under fire for its portrayals of different nationalities. It faced backlash from critics who accused it of overusing French stereotypes after its first season.
Star Lily Collins later responded to the backlash, telling Vogue Arabia: ‘As disheartening as it sometimes is to read these things, it’s also a gift; you’re being allowed to improve.’
Lucas, who stars as chef Gabriel, said that while he ‘understands all the critics’, he is ‘so happy and grateful’ to have taken part in the show.
Emily in Paris, created by Sex and the City writer Darren Star, first introduced the world to Lily’s scrappy Emily in 2020, who moves from Chicago to Paris to pursue a career in marketing and PR.
The second season features love interests like Lucas Bravo’s Gabriel and clothes conjured up by legendary costume designer Patricia Field.
Metro.co.uk has reached out to Netflix for comment.
Emily in Paris is available to stream now on Netflix.
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