Everyone’s Hate-Watching ‘Emily in Paris’

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We can’t believe this absurd trailer is advertising a real movie. In today’s Internet Insider:

  • People both hate and love Netflix’s Emily in Paris
  • The evolution of the ‘so you agree?’ meme
  • Streaming: The Haunting of Bly Manor

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The Appeal of ‘Emily in Paris’

Emily in Paris hit Netflix exactly a week ago, and everyone’s still talking about the series on Twitter. Which is kind of ironic since the titular heroine, Emily (Lily Collins), is an American social media manager whose job takes her from Chicago to a marketing firm in Paris. The Instagram account she creates to document her new life racks up thousands of followers in record time—unbelievable, yes, but this is a TV show—and she becomes something of a social media influencer. Her Instagram account, however, is not the main appeal of the show. Created by Sex and the City’s Darren Star, Emily in Paris makes her love life a focal point.

And, just like Sex and the City’s Carrie, Emily ends up falling for a man who is unavailable. (Lucas Bravo, who is the internet’s new boyfriend.) Emily also lies to a new friend and is not portrayed as an entirely honest person. People’s dislike of Emily has launched several think pieces and essays. French people also dislike the show’s idealistic and clichéd portrayal of the city. So, the general consensus of the show is that it’s not accurate in its representation of Parisian life or how social media jobs work. But, for some reason, people can’t stop watching it—or hate-watching it.

After seeing the many memes and tweets about the show over the weekend, I watched the entire show in one evening. It’s not exactly a “good” show,