OK, so I just finished the first season of Emily In Paris last night, and it’s an interesting series, to say the least.
I thought I would hate it, but funnily enough, I found myself wanting to watch the next episodes.
That said, its depiction of French people is pretty horrendous, and I should know, I grew up near Paris.
I am English, however, I just happened to grow up in France.
I was there since I was a tiny 1-year-old, and I think I know French people pretty well.
There’s a cliche about them all over the world that they are rude and mean people.
Emily In Paris takes this cliche and really runs with it.
Safe to say that many French people on social media were not overly happy with the show’s representation of the French people.
French people aren’t happy about Emily In Paris
#EmilyInParis is like a tv show based on stereotypes about french people and it's the worst thing i've ever seen
— jules ☾ (@tewksmartell) October 4, 2020
I have not seen anything worse than Emily in Paris.
Like we get it you love stereotyping French people.
I mean Ratatouille had a better representation of France.
— 🐨 || (@chulbolpandey) October 7, 2020
emily in paris was clearly written by an american with so many stereotypes on french people. It was so cringey 0/10
— tori (@virtualtorii) October 7, 2020
Me watching #EmilyInParis ! So many French cliché!: so French people are mean and American people are arrogant and ignorant ! Maybe it is a little bit true though 🤣#humor #LOL pic.twitter.com/iMaR7oF7Uw
— Sweet Nadia (@sweetylovegood) October 3, 2020
Emily in Paris is kinda rly bad and it's like whoever wrote it was like ok let me collect every single stereotype about French people ever and shove it in there but also I have fun watching it soooo
— لين (@cinnalinn) October 6, 2020
So, yes, its depiction of French people is pretty lazy.
That said, behind every cliche, there is an element of truth.
This is the case with French people being rude and ever-so-slightly mean.
However, it’s not really the French that are like this – it’s the Parisians.
The rest of France doesn’t much care for Parisians because they can be difficult and slightly abrasive.
Working in France can be tough, especially if you’re not French and don’t speak French all that well.
This said, the Parisians are not all this way, of course, and they are many people living in the capital that are lovely, welcoming and warm.
They just all happen to be from outside of Paris…
What do you make of this news?
Did you think that Emily In Paris was offensive towards French people?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.