Emily in Paris writer stunned by I May Destroy you snub at Golden Globes

The Golden Globes have come under fire due to a lack of diversity in the nominations

Emily in Paris
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The Golden Globe awards have announced their nominees for their coveted prizes, but this year it has led to a backlash due to the lack of diversity among the list.

Fans of I May Destroy You were shocked when the awards snubbed Michaela Coel’s critically acclaimed series. Fans were also surprised to see that other shows with diverse casts, such as Bridgerton, were overlooked in favor of white-lead television shows and movies.

The double nominations for Emily in Paris have sent some people over the edge. The show has been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Musical Or Comedy. Lead actress Lily Collins has also been nominated for Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series – Musical Or Comedy for her performance in the Netflix show. 

Emily in Paris

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Victoria Messina wrote for Popsugar, ‘Emily in Paris’s Golden Globes Nominations Are Très Absurd — Simple as That.‘ She wasn’t alone in her opinion as, across Twitter, fans shared their disbelief that Emily in Paris had received two nominations while I May Destroy You didn’t receive any. 

One fan wrote on Twitter, ‘Emily in Paris being nominated and I May Destroy You not being nominated is the most golden globes shit I can think of.’ Another said, ‘Why stop there? Give Emily in Paris the Nobel Peace Prize’.

This friction has only got worse after a writer on Emily in Paris, Deborah Copaken, tweeted: ‘Dear @MichaelaCoel: I was a writer on Emily in Paris, but your show was my favorite show since the dawn of TV, & this is just wrong. I loved I MAY DESTROY YOU, and I thank you, personally, for giving us your heart, your mind, your resilience, & your humor.’

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Deborah clarified in an article for The Guardian that although she loved Emily in Paris and was happy that the show was nominated, she could see that her show about ‘a white American selling luxury whiteness in a pre-Pandemic Paris’ would not fit the current mood after she ‘spent June and July marching for racial justice through the streets of New York with my kids.’

‘That I May Destroy You did not get one Golden Globe nod is not only wrong, it’s what is wrong with everything,’ Deborah said. We agree, but now the attention has turned to Lily Collins, who is being chastised for her nomination.

‘Must We Tear Down Lily Collins In Our Support Of Michaela Coel?’ asks Grazia’s Guy Pewsey in an astute article on the issue. And he is right. Surely we’re over pitting women against each other and tearing down one woman to support another? 

Bridgerton

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It’s not just I May Destroy You that has been snubbed. Bridgerton has also been left out of the awards ceremony, despite being Netflix’s most-watched series ever. Mindy Kaling's show Never Have I Ever have and Da 5 Bloods were also overlooked, leading to fan outrage. 

Fans suggest that the correlation between these snubs is the diverse ensemble of cast members that lead these performances and series. 

One fan wrote on Twitter: ‘It’s so exciting that three women directors were nominated, but the golden globes are REEKING of monoculturalism and no diversity whatsoever and it’s truly upsetting.’