I don’t hate ‘Emily in Paris’ because I’m a bloke. I hate it because it’s crap…
I’ve come under a bit of flack lately. Specifically because I absolutely hate ‘Emily in Paris’ (2020). The argument goes something like this. It’s an idea that I don’t get Darren Star’s terrible TV show because I’m a 24 year old bloke. I’m not a teenage or twentysomething girl who is clearly the target audience and so I don’t understand every young girl’s wildest female fantasies of romantic cities, sexy languages and hunky French men.
Well, firstly. That’s not every girl’s female fantasy. The idea that there is such a thing as a female fantasy that every woman aspires to is a joke and sexist itself. And, secondly, let me make this clear. Just like with ‘Sex and the City’ (another Darren Star monstrosity), I don’t hate ‘Emily in Paris’ because I’m a man and therefore the wrong audience. I hate it because it is RACIST, SEXIST, XENOPHOBIC and really just vile.
The question of why I hate ‘Emily in Paris’ isn’t gender specific. It’s that it’s not gender specific - I hate it because it presents a completely unrealistic and putrid portrait of womanhood. I say that as a bloke and Emily Cooper might as well be a man in drag!
Meet Roshan Chandy
Freelance film critic, journalist and writer based in Nottingham, UK. Specialises in cinema.
Roshan's Top 5 Films of the Week
1. A Quiet Place: Part II (in cinemas)
2. Cruella (in cinemas)
3. After Love (in cinemas)
4. Dream Horse (in cinemas)
5. Frankie (in cinemas)
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