Upset White People Are Boycotting Netflix Over New Series ‘Dear White People’

Yesterday, Netflix dropped the first trailer for Dear White People, a new series based on the 2014 movie “Dear White People”  by Justin Simien. That movie followed different black college students around at white university and highlighted each experience.

Like its cinematic counterpart, Netflix’s Dear White People focuses around a series of racially insensitive actions.

If you took the time to watch the trailer and not stop at the title, which is meant to be provocative. You would see that the series is not purely attacking white people. Unfortunately, most didn’t watch the video they just reacted to the title. Upset white people quickly took to Twitter after the trailer’s release to vent their anger at Netflix.

Tim Treadstone, a former BuzzFeed writer who recently came out as a member of the so-called alt-right Twitter mob under his @BakedAlaska handle. Showed off his cancellation of Netflix.

I cancelled my account, do the same. #NoNetflix pic.twitter.com/2HIGqviLHj

— Baked Alaska™ (@bakedalaska) February 8, 2017

The Creator Justin Simien wrote a brief facebook post responding to the backlash.

“When the first trailer for the film dropped, I’ll admit the deluge of claims that I was a reverse racist and a ‘piece of shit monkey that should shut up and go back to Africa’ really hurt,” Simien wrote. “But now, I feel strangely encouraged. To see the sheer threat that people feel over a date announcement video featuring a woman of color (politely) asking not to be mocked makes it so clear why I made this show.”

To be clear: Dear White People doesn’t call for the genocide of white people, but it does challenge viewers (particularly the white ones) to think critically about what it means when a group of white people decide to throw a blackface-themed party. Then again, maybe, to a bunch of racist people, being called out and made fun of for being racists feels like the ultimate attack on their existence. Who knows?

1 Comment

  • Anonymous Reply

    February 9, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    Your little write up proves that you don’t get it.

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