Oleksandr Tkachenko shared his frustration concerning the “offensive” manner through which Petra, a Ukrainian character, is portrayed in season 2 of the present, which debuted on Netflix in December.

The newest season kicks off with American govt Emily (Lily Collins) juggling the fallout of sleeping along with her buddy’s boyfriend, Gabriel (Lucas Bravo), the calls for of her job in Paris — and the cultural limitations that exist between herself and her Parisian colleagues.

To assist along with her assimilation, the Chicago native indicators as much as a inexperienced persons’ French class, the place she meets Petra, performed by Daria Panchenko.

Nevertheless, Petra makes a foul impression on Emily when she unapologetically steals garments from an area mall and encourages her to do the identical, earlier than sprinting off onto the streets of Paris.

‘Unacceptable’ and ‘offensive’

Tkachenko condemned the storyline.

“In ‘Emily in Paris’ we have now a caricature of a Ukrainian lady, which is unacceptable. However, it is usually offensive. Will Ukrainians be seen as such overseas? Who steal, need to get every part without spending a dime, be afraid of deportation? That shouldn’t be the case,” he wrote in a publish on his official Telegram channel, two days after the second season was launched.

He stated that whereas he watched the primary season and described it as “a fairly good leisure sequence,” he now has “a number of feedback.”

“Netflix is ​​effectively acquainted with Ukraine, suffice to say that a lot of the streets of Paris within the film ‘The Final Mercenary’ had been filmed in Kiev.”

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“As well as, with the popularization of our tradition, Europeans and People have heard about our artists and past. Not less than concerning the conductor Oksana Lyniv, tennis participant Elina Svitolina, singer Jamala, designer Vita Kin.”

“However that is in all probability not sufficient. And we must proceed to battle stereotypes. As a result of if within the 90s and 2000s Ukrainian guys had been portrayed largely as gangsters, over time that has modified.”

CNN has reached out to Netflix for remark.

A fan favourite?

When the primary season of “Emily in Paris” was launched in 2020, some French viewers slated it, saying it recycled outdated clichés concerning the Metropolis of Gentle and its inhabitants.

Extra lately, Emily’s new love curiosity, a British banker named Alfie (Lucien Laviscount), has garnered blended critiques from spectators.

Lucas Bravo (left) and Lucien Laviscount (right) play Emily's two love interests in season 2 of the Netflix show.
“I hate how they’ve portrayed Alfie in Emily in Paris,” one consumer tweeted, arguing that British “folks would NEVER be that cringe.”
“Alfie in Emily in Paris actually is the stereotypical British man who likes to go to the pub,” wrote one other.
“I’m in LOVE with Alfie from Emily in Paris,” one other consumer tweeted.

Regardless of criticisms, the Emmy-nominated present has constantly received over viewers.

The primary season was streamed by 58 million households in its first 4 weeks, and was Netflix’s hottest comedy sequence of 2020, in line with a press release.