Netflix’s newest original series Dear White People released its first trailer, February 8th. The show is a retelling of the popular 2014 film, also named, Dear White People. It’s set to feature a group of multicultural, college-aged students at the fictional Ivy League, Winchester University, and will unravel the truths of institutional racism in our (not so) “post-racial” society.
Justin Simien, the series creator, explained while on a panel in NYC “these characters belong on TV” and that each character needed more time to tell their individual stories. “It took a bigger canvas than an hour and a half movie.”
He continues, “There are certain myths in the industry – like foreign countries aren’t interested in black stories. It’s bullsh*t… I’m so excited to dispel this particular myth. Whenever you tell the truth about experience, humans connect to it.”
The trailers release was met with a lot of enthusiasm, but quite a few white people are upset with the forthcoming feature, saying the series is “anti-white” and “racist” against white people.
Many have rallied against the streaming service by cancelling their Netflix’s subscriptions and encouraging others to boycott the company.
Former Buzzfeed writer Baked Alaska tweeted, “Netflix announced a new anti-white show (Dear White People) that promotes white genocide. I cancelled my account, do the same. #NoNetflix”
Simien took to Facebook to respond to all the criticism the series trailer has gotten within the past day, writing “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.”
“I want those who are chronically unseen in the culture to feel seen. And I want those willing to extend empathy to experiences unlike theirs to understand their humanity more deeply,” he continued.
The Dear White People series will release April 28th, 2017 and we are super excited about it. Check out the trailer below and head over to Netflix on Youtube and give the trailer a thumbs up!