If you have been following recent news surrounding Golden Globes nominations, then you would stumble upon the criticism of nominees. Throughout the years Golden Globes have not gone through any major systemic changes and have not been responsive to or reflective of changes in social norms and standards. Weighing in this, the nominees of this year’s Golden Globes might not have been surprising, but they still are, despite the legacy of this awards show. If you still have not guessed it, we are referring to snubbing I May Destroy You from the list of nominees while Emily in Paris received two nominations.

The Discourse About Consent As Portrayed By Michaela Coel

The acclaimed TV show I May Destroy You is solely written, created, co-directed and executive produced by Michaela Coel. She used her personal trauma to create the storyline about the rape victim and her struggles on many dimensions. Following the character’s journey in exploring the details of her assault and its impact on her mental health or relationships Coel presents the discourse about consent in an innovative way. As Emma Specter of Vogue described Coel and her work:

I May Destroy You elevated her to single-name status, largely because of the unsettling tonal depths to which she was willing to sink in order to tell a genuinely original—and often laugh-out-loud funny!—story about bodily autonomy and mental health”

Emily In Paris And Its Critics 

On the other hand, the most frequently used phrase alongside Emily in Paris is “filled with cliches”, following the journey of American influencers in Paris the TV show has nothing new, thought-provoking or original to offer.  It was released in the time of global pandemics when everyone was stuck at home, so one might consider that binge-watching this show could have been a good way to kill some time. But that is the maximum that you could expect from the show. Even the writer of Emily in Paris has criticized Golden Globes for snubbing I May Destroy You from nominations this year. It is almost a crime to compare Emily in Paris with I may Destroy You but putting one alongside another emphasizes the severity of unfairness. It is not only about certain TV shows but such injustices take place every day and have a tremendous effect on our personal lives. Such occasions highlight the accuracy of the belief that women and particularly women of color have to work twice as much as men and particularly white men to achieve success. 

However, to do it justice we should mention that Emily in Paris is nominated in the category of Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy. Hence, it would not be a direct competitor of I May Destroy You in this nomination. But despite this, the way Golden Globes has been dominated by the same stereotypical misjudgments over the years diminishes the importance of this awards show and negatively affects its image. 

Is Golden Globes Losing Its Relevance?

Some even see Golden Globes as just a publicity stunt. Held at the beginning of the year when the movie industry is relatively quiet and calm, Golden Globes contributes to increasing popularity and bringing fame to the movies, TV shows, and their production team. Which is something movies very much need in order to succeed and increase their profitability. In addition, the way nominations are decided on Golden Globes is widely discussed and slammed due to the expertise or lack thereof of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association who is voting for nominees. 

The fact is that Golden Globes once again disappointed cinephiles with the lack of diversity and shortage of appreciation for original, authentic products that might not be universal but are thought-provoking and genuine. Some questions raised by critics are, would I May Destroy You be nominated if the scenes took place in wealthier districts of London, focusing more on affluent circles and being more universal in general? 

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