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Upcoming Netflix Series ‘Dear White People’ Causes Controversy

A controversial teaser trailer for an upcoming Netflix series entitled, ‘Dear White People,’ was released online and the video has received criticism for alleged racism.

Dear White People, a comedy series adapted from the 2014 indie film of the same name, immediately faced a backlash from the public, and users online called for a boycott of Netflix.

Former Buzzfeed writer, Baked Alaska, accused the show of “promoting anti-white content” and supporting “white genocide.” He tweeted that “this is the type of anti-white bigotry that gets incited by @Netflix sponsored shows.”

After the trailer had been released, people began to retweet a comment from one of the supposed writers for the show, Jack Moore, who tweeted “F*** white people” in response to the election of President Trump.

The team behind the series say they are not racist and the series is supposed to be a satirical piece on the racial divide and tension that is happening across the nation on college campuses. According to Polygon.com, "Dear White People follows a group of students at an Ivy League university who are living in a “post-racial” world. The satirical series will pick up directly where the 2014 film ended. According to a press release from Netflix, Dear White People will follow a new group of “students of color as they navigate a diverse landscape of social injustice, cultural bias, political correctness (or lack thereof) and sometimes misguided activism in the millennial age.”

On Thursday, Justin Simien, the creator of "Dear White People," talked to ET about the huge backlash the trailer received.

"For me, it was really profound, encouraging in a weird way," Simien said. "It just brought more attention to the series. Thanks, white supremacists, you really helped me promote my show…” He continued,  "I'm a little grateful, I guess, to the insanity.  It does what the show is trying to do, which is to show you where we actually are, not where we think we are."

Simien continued on Facebook: “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 (expletive) monkey that should shut up and go back to Africa’ really hurt. 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.”

 

The series plans to make its premiere on April 28.

Written by Christian Montoya

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