‘Emily in Paris’ Misses Diversity in Lack of Moroccan and Algerian Representation in the Series

One of the shows in the Netflix lineup is October Emily in Paris. Darren Star, creator of the Feis and the City, which produced the new series.

The show received mixed reviews from critics and fans. Some were confused by the emergence of Chicago life and French culture. Many were quick to point out that there is not much diversity within the television show.

Netflix’s new rom-com ‘Emily in Paris’ is polarizing

Lily Collins as Emily in the Netflix series 'Emily in Paris.'
Lily Collins as Emily in the Netflix series ‘Emily in Paris.’ | STEPHANIE BRANCHU / NETFLIX © 2020

Emily in Paris a Netflix series premiered in early October. There are currently 10 shows, and the show features Lily Collins as the main character. The show is about a young American woman moving to France.

Emily, the main character, is a marketing officer from Chicago. She will end up moving to France after her company merges with French business. She leaves her previous life behind and has to accept her new husband. Her job is to give the French marketing company an American perspective.

The show follows her as she interacts with new colleagues and meets new love interests. Cultures clash as she navigates her new environment. Part of the show’s comedy is that it mocks life in Chicago. For example, Emily and her new boss make fun of a real restaurant.

Fans are divided about the series: some believe it is a mindless watch that will help the viewer escape the diffuse reality and others that Netflix cannot make such a series . Terrible critics are on the same page: they are not fans.

Some see the slightest diversity in the series

Lily Collins as Emily in the Netflix series 'Emily in Paris.'
Lily Collins as Emily in the Netflix series ‘Emily in Paris.’ | STEPHANIE BRANCHU / NETFLIX

Many fans have criticized Emily in Paris for various reasons. One of the criticisms is the show lack of diversity. That is not to say that there are no characters representing minorities. However, the few who attend are not as well developed as others.

One of Emily Mindy’s friends is Chinese. She is the heiress of a zipper company and wants to be a singer. However, some fans feel that her character has the same trope as many black characters in the past. The trope is that the man of color is the best friend to help the main person, who is usually white.

Another character is Julien, who is a gay black man. He gets a picture as a catty thing and often has a funny idea. Several critics have commented that the show uses both the gay best friend trope and the sassy black person stereotype for the character.

Neither has much backing. Some feel that the show does not give the characters a story to develop. Julien and Mindy are charming characters, and fans can hope to grow into more characters if there’s a second season.

‘Emily in Paris’ misses immigrant production

Lily Collins as Emily in 'Emily in Paris.'
Lily Collins as Emily in ‘Emily in Paris.’ | Netflix

On the French side of the diversity issue, some observers have noticed a lack of representation in local communities. Emily in Paris featuring actors who are from France. Lucas Bravo is a Paris-based actor, and will play Gabriel, who has a love interest in the show.

By playing a main character, Bravo can add his cultural experiences to the show. Despite the cast of French actors, the show has no diversity for other French communities. In particular, the Algerians and Moroccans living in France.

A small number of immigrants live in France. The Algerians are the the largest immigrant community in the country, and make up about 20 per cent of the non-EU population in the country. Moroccans are the second largest group and make up about 18 percent of the immigrant population. Thousands of them live their daily lives in France.

Both of these groups have a large presence within France, but they do not appear at all Emily in Paris. None of the characters or actors are from the communities. Samuel Arnold, the actor for Julien, is a French-born man of color. However, it is not known if his family is from one of these communities. The show has no extras or passing characters who are either Moroccan or Algerian.

Star, the creator, suffered similar criticism Feis and the City – the series was abysmal, at best, a series of ethnic diversity and ethnic representation in New York City, and when efforts were made, they were largely based on stereotypes and cliched. It appears Emily in Paris falling prey to the same problem: the great problem of Hollywood diversity.

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