Emily in Paris writer Deborah Copaken agrees with the Golden Globes backlash

Daniella Scott
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Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

From Cosmopolitan

Deborah Copaken, one of the writers on Netflix's Emily in Paris has written an op-ed in which she laments the fact that Michaela Coel's I May Destroy You was overlooked for a Golden Globe nomination and says that the excitement she initially felt at Emily In Paris's nomination "is now unfortunately tempered by my rage over Coel’s snub."

On Wednesday the nominations for the 2021 Golden Globes were announced, and to the surprise of many I May Destroy You, Michaela Coel's hit series about a woman coming to terms with a sexual assault was left of the list of nominees, despite receiving huge amounts of praise from viewers and critics alike. Meanwhile, the much-debated Netflix series Emily in Paris was nominated for best TV series along with a best actress nomination for show lead Lily Collins.

After the nominations were revealed Deborah Copaken, one of the writers on Emily in Paris, took to Twitter to express her frustration at I May Destroy You being snubbed. In a tweet addressed directly to Coel, Copaken wrote, "... your show was my favorite show since the dawn of TV, & this is just wrong."

Copaken then expanded on the tweet in an op-ed for The Guardian in which she says, "That I May Destroy You did not get one Golden Globe nod is not only wrong, it’s what is wrong with everything."

She writes about the moment she discovered that Emily in Paris had received a Golden Globe nomination and her surprise when she found out that I May Destroy You had not.

"'That show,' I told everyone who would listen, 'deserves to win all the awards.' When it didn’t, I was stunned. I May Destroy You was not only my favorite show of 2020. It’s my favourite show ever," she adds.

Photo credit: BBC/HBO
Photo credit: BBC/HBO

She goes onto explain how disappointed she is that the series has been snubbed and details how it is indicative of a larger problem in the entertainment industry and beyond.

"Now, am I excited that Emily in Paris was nominated? Yes. Of course. I’ve never been remotely close to seeing a Golden Globe statue up close, let alone being nominated for one. But that excitement is now unfortunately tempered by my rage over Coel's snub. That I May Destroy You did not get one Golden Globe nod is not only wrong, it’s what is wrong with everything."

You can read Copaken's full statement here.

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