Emily in Paris star Lily Collins is currently at the centre of a racially charged debated on Twitter after being nominated for a Golden Globe.The 31-year-old was targeted by online trolls who believe that black actress Michaela Coel was unfairly snubbed for her role in the incredible BBC drama, I May Destroy You.
Posts are claiming that Collins was only short-listed for the nomination because she is white, with Coel missing out because she is black.
They are also saying that Collins’ can thank her famous popstar father Phil Collins for her nomination.
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While Emily in Paris is up for best comedy series, the critically acclaimed I May Destroy You didn’t receive a single nomination in the prestigious award show.
“If you don’t think white supremacy is real, Emily In Paris is nominated for a Golden Globe,” wrote one Twitter user.
Another said, “What people don’t understand about racism is that it’s not a by-product. The Globes panel didn’t nominate I May Destroy You because they didn’t think it was good because Michaela is black and thought Emily In Paris was good because Lily Collins is white. They KNOW which was better!”
And another added that “Lily Collins being here is pure nepotism and racism”.
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Meanwhile, Emily In Paris writer Deborah Copaken may have accidentally added fuel to this fire when she took to Twitter to address her own shock at the news that Coel was snubbed.
While Emily In Paris was certainly popular on the streaming platform, Copaken admitted she never dreamt the show would be nominated for awards. “I don’t live under a rock,” she wrote in an editorial for The Guardian.
“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. (It’s) a work of sheer genius about the aftermath of a rape. 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 favourite show of 2020. It’s my favourite show ever.
“I had to watch it twice, just to understand how Coel did it.”
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