According to a member of the Ukrainian government, one of the characters in the series “Emily in Paris” depicts a “harmful” and “unacceptable” image of Ukrainian women.

The second season of the series, produced by Netflix, premiered on December 22, 2021. Some viewers criticized the production for the lack of “cultural diversity” and the reproduction of stereotypes.

The Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, Oleksandr Tkachenko, also spoke on this issue. The politician referred to the character of the series named Petra. In one episode, the title convinces Emily to steal clothes and accessories from the store.

In the 1990s and early 2000s, Ukrainians were presented as gangsters. Over time, this stereotype has changed, but, as can be seen, not in every case – said Tkatzenko, as reported by the newspaper “The Mirror”.

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– In the series “Emily in Paris” we see a caricature of a Ukrainian woman that we cannot ignore. This is very offensive to us. Do people from abroad perceive Ukrainians as thieves who want to get everything for free and are afraid of deportation? It shouldn’t look like that.”

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