You may have noticed suddenly that everyone is posting a “The only Emily that deserves to be in Paris” meme on Instagram featuring Emily Charlton, the character from The Devil Wears Prada, who couldn’t go on a trip to Paris because of mono.
The only Emily that deserves to be in Paris pic.twitter.com/EkCufcE8NA
— Sean Abrams (@seanybrams) October 4, 2020
If you’re not up to date, this meme was inspired by one of Netflix’s original new shows, “Emily In Paris,” and the collective agreement that the main character does not deserve to be in Paris for all that she’s done.
Written by Darren Star, the man who created Sex and the City, “Emily in Paris” features Emily, a midwestern native, who moves to Paris for a job opportunity, but finds herself struggling in every aspect of life. She struggles to succeed with work, have a healthy love life, and adjust seamlessly to the new European culture.
With only ten 30-ish minute episodes, it’s an easy show to binge. And an even easier show to love-to-hate for being so unrealistic.
netflix is very good at making tv shows that are made to be watched secondarily. i was on my phone the entire time i watched emily in paris last night and not once did i miss what was happening.
— harron walker (@HarronWawker) October 7, 2020
Now, we can’t blame Emily for having issues with work and adjusting to a new country’s lifestyle. Those can be difficult. But what the internet seems most upset about is the way the main character handles her love life. It’s a complete ten-steps-backwards in terms of female relationships in media.
First, Emily kisses Gabriel, her downstairs neighbor, not knowing he is in a relationship with her sweet friend, Camille. Pretty innocent since she didn’t know Gabriel had a girlfriend, we’ll let it pass. After she finds out the two were in a relationship, Emily decides to not tell Camille about it (red flag) and tries to focus on being friends with Gabriel.
There was a quick second there where we thought the three characters were going to be a thrupple, but that was short lived.
Emily in Paris was amazing. But I can’t be the only one that thought Emily, Gabriel, Camille we’re gonna end up in a throuple right?? Like they all were oddly too close. pic.twitter.com/W4C6Qz4TII
— BLM/ACAB (@Cyn_Harris1) October 3, 2020
And then there were some moments where we hoped Emily and Camille would ditch Gabriel altogether and just be a couple themselves.
I just finished Emily in Paris. What actually kept me going was the hope that Camille and Emily would be together at the end. Pero no, our sweet Camille got herself dumped by her boyfriend and betrayed by a friend. And people are shipping Emily and Gabriel. I hate it here pic.twitter.com/XZVX9twpWp
— Domi is d3d (@DommiCrybabie) October 3, 2020
Unfortunately that’s not what happened. Instead, Emily and Gabriel keep flirting and “trying to be friends” until eventually Emily kisses him AGAIN! Fully knowing that he is in a relationship with HER FRIEND! Very frustrating. Camille has been so nice to her and helped to acclimate her to French culture. And then, instead of confessing to Camille, Emily sleeps with Camille’s younger brother. It goes from cringe to cringier real quick. Then in a controversial plot twist, Camille and Gabriel suddenly break up, and Gabriel and Emily end up sleeping together. We can only imagine “gender in the media” professors are having a field day with this one, and so is the internet.
Nobody likes Emily! She is a frustrating main character for the 2020 woman, showing a blatant lack of respect for her friend’s relationship.
— mar (@mari20880217) October 7, 2020
And most people think she DEFINITELY did not deserve to be in Paris. They should have sent The Devil Wears Prada’s Emily Charlton to Paris instead.
— Q U I N N (@quinncyrusxxx) October 7, 2020
But we should probably be placing more blame on Gabriel. He was the one in a relationship after all. He always knew he was in a relationship but he let Emily kiss him anyway, and treated Camille poorly.
— Namjoon’s engineering degree (@DoroJohn2) October 7, 2020
But of course everyone lets him get away with it because he’s so attractive.
Ok guys CAN WE PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE AND APPRECIATED THIS BEAUTY? Gabriel from Emily in Paris is hot AF. I’M CRUSHING HARDDD pic.twitter.com/kx6iPs5WFj
— gaemgyuuwu (@arshacho18) October 3, 2020
I don’t know how to tell y’all this but I went to school (middle and high) with the guy who plays French Love Interest Gabriel in Emily in Paris and everyone was, in fact, in love with him
— Clemence_Mcl (@Clemence_Mcl) October 3, 2020
Everyone is standing behind Camille. She was nothing but nice to Emily, the least she deserves is the truth, whether that be from Gabriel or Emily.
— ✯ alex (@faerievs) October 7, 2020
*emily in paris spoiler*
they are romanticizing cheating and it is not ok, camille deserves better (plus she is the only stylish one) emily and gabriel are trash
— 𝐒 (@devilwearsYSL_) October 3, 2020
finished emily in paris and I have arrived to the conclusion that I would much rather watch camille in paris, my angel pic.twitter.com/nzP8xzrsL3
— 🦴 (@pescatarianslut) October 5, 2020
The next thing that is inspiring so many memes and comments is how unrealistic and basic Emily’s influencer Instagram account is. In a subplot, Emily starts posting pictures of her time in Paris and starts gaining lots of followers and partnerships. But her feed is super basic! Many people have pointed out how it kind of looks like a ‘bot,’ fake, account but are indulging it, inspiring more memes.
Can we discuss how dead Emily in Paris’ Instagram feed is? Bunch of blurry selfies getting 20k followers & 200 likes – very suspicious pic.twitter.com/bbszvDFG5E
— Cara Dee | Dating & Body Image Blogger (@rainybayblog) October 7, 2020
Emily in Paris on her way to post croissant pics to Instagram and tell her waiter she doesn't speak French pic.twitter.com/dBPUDI0vPK
— Joseph Longo (@josephlongo_) October 6, 2020
why would i watch emily in paris when i already watched several white women’s study abroad instagram stories in college
— i praydalor my sodakeep (@AlmondTiddies) October 7, 2020
Not to mention these vague oversights:
watching this Emily in Paris show and how tf she gone give this company strategies on how to grow their social medias when she got 48 followers………..
— HOOD VOGUE is tired of poverty (@itskeyon) October 7, 2020
I guess #EmilyInParis , who’s a social media “expert,” didn’t bother to read up on the strict privacy laws here in France around people owning the rights to their image (shocked!) pic.twitter.com/Gd0iXmbDs2
— Melanie Hamlett (@MelanieHamlett) October 7, 2020
Portrayal of France
Speaking of the strict privacy laws in France, there has been a small uproar over the portrayal of France in the TV show.
— Virü.. (@Oblivion_Dusk) October 7, 2020
On the French entertainment site Sens Critique, one reviewer wrote that you “have to strongly love science fiction to watch this series, knowing that Parisians are mostly friendly, speak irreproachable English, make love for hours and that going to work remains an option. The writers may have hesitated for two or three minutes to stick a baguette under each Frenchman, or even a beret to clearly distinguish them, on the other hand, they all smoke cigarettes and flirt to death.”
If Emily in Paris was your actual co-worker you'd start a whole entire anon Instagram account detailing her micro-aggressions
— amil (@amil) October 5, 2020
Yet somehow, it’s still good
But honestly as bad and unrealistic as this show may be, it was still fun to watch.
Is Emily a not so great friend and the whole show a somewhat tired concept? Yes. Did I watch the whole season in one day bc I would still rather be a vapid social media marketer living in Paris with hot parisian chefs than living my own life? Yes. #EmilyInParis pic.twitter.com/9xtORZkbtO
— sydsnees a break (@sydsnees) October 7, 2020
— PrincessMeow 😺🐾👸 (@GermanChick85) October 7, 2020
I’ve just finished watching #EmilyInParis on Netflix and I can’t get my head around how predictable and full of clichés it was… But it’s also the kind of thing that’s so, so bad it’s (almost) good? pic.twitter.com/ce42TNSANM
— Silvia Maresca (@silviamaresca) October 7, 2020
So as bad as it might have been, we’re still semi eagerly waiting for season two.