‘Emily In Paris’ Writer ‘Rages’ Over ‘I May Destroy You’ Golden Globes Snub

An Emily In Paris writer has expressed her ‘rage’ over I May Destroy You not receiving a Golden Globes award nominations. 

The gritty drama, penned by Michaela Cole, received praise from viewers and critics when it dropped last year for the way it explored issues such as sexual assault, consent, and violation.

Deborah Copaken told The Guardian: “I May Destroy You was not only my favourite show of 2020. It’s my favourite show ever.

“It takes the complicated issue of a rape – I’m a sexual assault survivor myself – and infuses it with heart, humour, pathos and a story constructed so well, I had to watch it twice, just to understand how Coel did it.”

Actress and director Alice Lowe shared her support and said the BBC show ‘dwarfed’ the other programmes which had been shortlisted for the awards.

Writer Akilah Green, whose shows include A Black Lady Sketch Show and Black Monday, confessed that the drama ‘sent almost every writer I’ve talked to about it back to the lab’.

The Phantom of the Opera star Emily Rossum pitched in, commenting: “I May Destroy You is the best show of the year. It’s not even debatable.”

Even former US President Barack Obama said that it was amongst his favourite TV shows of 2020.

As a consolation, US comedian Kathy Griffin said that the ‘upside’ to the snub was that it would only create intrigue around ‘such a riveting series’.

Michaela Cole revealed last year that she actually turned down a £1million offer from Netflix in favour of the BBC because she didn’t want to give up her ownership rights.

“There was just silence on the phone. And she said, ‘It’s not how we do things here. Nobody does that, it’s not a big deal,” Coel recollected.

She added: “I said, ‘If it’s not a big deal, then I’d really like to have five per cent of my rights’.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.