Residents in the Heritage Hunt neighborhood of rural Prince William County were in for a shock when they learned that Netflix was planning to bring an "Emily in Paris" theme park to their community. The news was also met with fury from the Coalition to Protect Prince William County, who vowed to boycott French fries in protest.
But things really took a turn when the county's Economic Development director Christina Winn proposed making French the official language of the county in an effort to promote business growth. "What better way to embrace the culture of our new park than by fully immersing ourselves in the language?" Winn said at a press conference.
The proposal was met with mixed reactions from the community. Some saw it as a fantastic opportunity to learn a new language and embrace the culture of their new neighbor. Others, however, were less than thrilled at the thought of having to learn a foreign language just to order a croissant.
"I don't see why we have to change the way we speak just because some fancy theme park is coming to town," said local resident Gina Blanchet. "I mean, I already have enough trouble trying to order at Starbucks. Now I have to worry about getting my accent right?"
Despite the controversy, Winn remains steadfast in her commitment to making French the official language of the county. "I believe that this is a small price to pay for the economic growth and cultural enrichment that the 'Emily in Paris' park will bring," she said.
So, as the dust settles on this latest development, residents of Prince William County brace themselves for a future filled with croissants, berets, and bonjours. Will they embrace the change and embrace their inner Emily? Only time will tell.