Indian-American Comedian's Prank Rant on 'Emily in Paris' Sparks Racism, Pop Culture Debate

Indian-American Comedian’s Prank Rant on ‘Emily in Paris’ Sparks Racism, Pop Culture Debate

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The Golden Globe has announced their nominations for this year, there has been a lot of discussion over the usual rebuffs and surprises as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association put out their list. Among them was the Netflix comedy-drama Emily in Paris which got nominated for two categories, one as the Best Comedy or Musical Series, and Lily Collins picked up the other nomination for best actress.

However, even though the cast and crew were happy with the nominations, many including a few from the show were also surprised given the lukewarm and sometimes even negative reviews the show got when it was released on the streaming site. Even one of the show’s writers, Deborah Copaken, reflected the sentiments and wrote an opinion piece for The Guardian where she spoke about how despite being happy for her own show’s nomination, there might have been a much stronger contender with the Michaela Coel created I May Destroy You may have been the more deserving nominee.

Well picking up on that, a US-based comedian has pulled off an intricate prank on Twitter by posing as a writer on the show Emily in Paris and expressed her disappointment at the show being nominated. Abby Govindan, an Indian-American comedian from Houston, Texas started a series of tweets, posing as one of the show’s writers.

Govindan maintained on the joke, and as portions of it.

“Yes, I am an Indian woman who created a show about a white girl in Paris. Why would I care about telling diverse stories when I can tell not diverse stories and make $20 million from it,” she tweeted later.

Following Govindan’s ‘really convincing’ tweets, several online openings even published stories on the same. They also pertained to her as the show’s writer, which was also added to the show’s Wikipedia page as part of the joke Govindan played.

Twitter also seemed to be liking the way Govindan was headed on about the joke and essentially, the conversations around equal representation in art and culture.

Like many others on social media, Govindan had attempted to start a conversation around how race-dictated the nominations at the Golden Globes have been with the Michaela Coel headlined show I Could Destroy You being snubbed when it deserved a nod for sure, considering the susceptible issue of sexual assault it handled so well.

With more and more discussions taking place about race, racial justice, and People of color, it makes it even more essential for racial representation in elements of art and pop culture in today’s time, irrespective of their color but just based on the stories they are telling.

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