Snubs and the Golden Globes go hand in hand, but this year, they felt different.
After the Golden Globe nominees were announced yesterday, some people were very happy, and others were sad. That's how the nominations go. The Globes are a fickle thing. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association votes on them, and they have a long history of picking things that have humongous stars in them, or doing favor picks for bribes or even a chance to have more stars at the event.
Regardless, the snubs still hurt. And for one Emily in Paris writer, the snub of I May Destroy You stood out.
Deborah Copaken, a writer on Netflix’s hit series Emily In Paris, penned an open letter in The Guardian about how the snub of this other show affected her.
For those of you who don't watch I May Destroy You, it's Michaela Coel’s BBC/HBO limited series about a woman piecing together the events of a night in which she was sexually assaulted.
The show does this with heart, comedy, and drama. It was universally acclaimed. Copaken said it was her favorite show ever, saying, “It takes the complicated issue of a rape—I’m a sexual assault survivor myself—and infuses it with heart, humor, pathos, and a story constructed so well, I had to watch it twice, just to understand how Coel did it.”
Here's the meat of her argument, which juxtaposes happiness Emily in Paris was recognized with the reality of the situation.
“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,” Copaken wrote. “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.”
The main theory behind the snub is that the Globes has a sordid history of overlooking films, shows, and performances by people of color.
She added: “We need art that reflects all of our colors, not just some. But we also need to give awards to shows (and music and films and plays and musicals) that deserve them, no matter the color of the skin of their creators."
Check out the entire letter and let us know what you think in the comments.
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One of the BEST shows of the year! The SUPER POWERFUL topics that this show addresses in an honest and painful way is a breath of fresh air! I loved her in Chewing Gum but she showed a vulnerable human side in this that was CHILLING! She is amazing.
February 4, 2021 at 12:08PM