One of the writers on Netflix hit Emily In Paris has condemned the Golden Globes for snubbing Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You.
The nominations for this month’s Golden Globes were revealed on Wednesday by Sarah Jessica Parker and Taraji P Henson, with TV shows like Schitt’s Creek, The Crown and The Queen’s Gambit receiving nods.
However, the critically acclaimed I May Destroy You didn’t receive a single nomination, causing outrage amongst fans.
Meanwhile, the much-mocked Emily In Paris did receive a nomination for best television series – musical or comedy, and one of the writers of the show, Deborah Copaken, is baffled as to how Coel’s series was left out.
Copaken tweeted: ‘Dear @MichaelaCoel: I was a writer on Emily in Paris, but your show was my favorite show since the dawn of TV, & this is just wrong. I loved I MAY DESTROY YOU, and I thank you, personally, for giving us your heart, your mind, your resilience, & your humor.’
The writer, who admitted that much of Lily Collins’ Emily was based on her time as an American ex-pat photographer living in Paris in her early twenties, elaborated on her feelings in a piece written for the Guardian.
Copaken wrote: ‘Now, am I excited that Emily in Paris was nominated? Yes. Of course. I’ve never been remotely close to seeing a Golden Globe statue up close, let alone being nominated for one.
‘But that excitement is now unfortunately tempered by my rage over Coel’s snub. That I May Destroy You did not get one Golden Globe nod is not only wrong, it’s what is wrong with everything.’
Copaken noted that a 2017 report by Color of Change found that 91% of showrunners in Hollywood are white and 80% are male, as well as the first female president and CEO of the Recording Academy Deb Dugan being fired while attempting to address sexism and racism in the industry.
However, she said that her anger about I May Destroy You – which aired on HBO in the States and BBC One in the UK – being snubbed was not just about the lack of racial representation in art.
She wrote: ‘Yes, we need art that reflects all of our colors, not just some. But we also need to give awards to shows (and music and films and plays and musicals) that deserve them, no matter the colour of the skin of their creators.’
Copaken concluded: ‘How anyone can watch I May Destroy You and not call it a brilliant work of art or Michaela Coel a genius is beyond my capacity to understand how these decisions are made.’
Coel has yet to address the snub, but actors, writers and critics in the US and the UK have hit out at the decision.
Teen Wolf star Dylan O’Brien tweeted: ‘Golden Globes are laughable. Not only is I May Destroy You absolutely f***ing brilliant, it should be required viewing. Apparently you can be TOO far ahead of humanity @MichaelaCoel we don’t deserve you.’
Journalist Lydia Polgreen wrote: ‘The total freeze out of I May Destroy You and Michaela Coel is proof that the Golden Globes deserve zero attention and have zero connection to the actual culture’, while actress Emmy Rossum tweeted: ‘I MAY DESTROY YOU is the best show of the year. It’s not even debatable.’
In the best television limited series category, Normal People, The Queen’s Gambit, Small Axe, The Undoing and Unorthodox will fight it out.
Emily In Paris, Schitt’s Creek, The Flight Attendant, The Great and Ted Lasso are up for best television series – musical or comedy, while The Crown, Lovecraft Country, The Mandalorian, Ozark and Ratched are nominated in the drama category.
The Golden Globes take place on February 28.
Credit: Original article published here.