Review: Emily In Paris
Maggie John reviews Netflix’s new series Emily In Paris.
Netflix’s newest series has proven to be quite the controversy, seriously dividing opinion, with the Guardian giving it a measly one star.
At 30 minutes an episode, it was very easy to watch, however, it certainly did not live up to its hype.
On the surface, it’s harmless, trashy TV but once you break through the surface there are many things that really weren’t done very well.
I found it really frustrating and in equal measures offensive that Emily made little attempt to speak French and there was no real progress from the beginning of the series to the end. The idea that you can waltz into a workplace and get everyone to speak your language is simply untrue. What would have been the perfect opportunity to show anglophones that not everybody speaks English and if you want to work or even go on holiday in a non-English speaking country, it’s a good idea to at least have a go at speaking the language. Instead, it’s encouraging people not to bother and promoting the idea that everyone speaks English, which is very harmful and will only have a negative effect on those ignorant enough to believe it’s true.
As beautiful as some of the clothes were, we don’t see Emily wear the same outfit twice which I believe is very harmful and shows a complete misunderstanding of the current climate as we are trying to encourage sustainability and a more conscious approach to fashion and in particular a move away from fast fashion.
Despite this, I can’t say I didn’t enjoy the show. I think it was full of potential which they failed to harness and, rather than using it to encourage learning another language or the progression towards more sustainable fashion, they simply promoted the idea that America knows best.