Netflix and the clichés

Due to the pandemic, most festivals are canceled. Except the Festival of clichés, stereotypes, prejudices and caricature.

But where does this festival take place, you ask me? The answer: on Netflix, which has been broadcasting the drunken series since October 2 Emily in Paris.


This ridiculous story of a young American who landed in Paris without speaking a word of French is mocked and ridiculed on every platform in France: Parisians cannot believe that a series conceived by Darren Star (the man behind Sex and the City) repeats the same old hackneyed stereotypes. As a columnist on Europe 1 said, Emily in Paris should be called: “Do you want to cliché with me?” “

We did not even avoid the hyper predictable scene where the young American sets foot in dog poo on a Parisian sidewalk.

In Netflix’s Paris, everyone is dumb, everyone is lazy, everyone is unfaithful, everyone hates showers, everyone drinks too much, and everyone smokes everywhere.

Emily offers her new colleague to have lunch with her. “No, I’ll smoke a cigarette,” replies this ultra-thin Parisian who always has a cigarette in her hand (while smoking in offices has been banned in France since 2007!).

Emily drinks a glass of wine at 11 am, since “Sancerre is the wine for breakfast”.

When Emily shows up for work at 7:30 a.m., she is told that in France no one works before 10:30 a.m.!

Imagine if a series served stereotypes about any ethnic group other than the French: it would scream racism and xenophobia!

And that’s without counting on totally unrealistic scenes.

Emily supposedly lives in a “maid’s room,” a tiny room that used to be used to house servants. However, his “maid’s room” is a large two and a half, with a splendid view of the roofs of the city. She is so amazed that she exclaims, “I feel like Nicole Kidman in red Mill. “

The heartbreaking thing about this series is that Emily’s character is a finished jug. Constantly taking a selfie, she is unable to learn basic French words. We have the impression that she comes from Westmount, she is so blocked!

Unable to get used to the fact that in France the first floor is in fact the ground floor, she always has the wrong apartment when she wants to go home.

Misery! At least Carrie Bradshaw’s character, even though she was a spendthrift and head in the air, was not a complete idiot.

Fortunately, the Parisians reacted with humor.

Some funny people had fun making a montage where, among the images in the series, we inserted images of businesses on fire, of the homeless, of garbage cans overflowing with rubbish …

Netflix’s Paris is such a “postcard”, with berets on your head, pains au chocolat and Montmartre …

It would have been nice if the creators of Emily in Paris learn a little more about the city: a little less Moulin-Rouge, a little more yellow vests.

About Victoria Smith

Victoria Smith who hails from Toronto, Canada currently runs this news portofolio who completed Masters in Political science from University of Toronto. She started her career with BBC then relocated to TorontoStar as senior political reporter. She is caring and hardworking.

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