Is anyone surprised by this?
Among the many show announcements Netflix made yesterday was their TV series adaptation of the independent film Dear White People. While the trailer’s subject matter (is it okay for white people to dress in blackface?) seems pretty straightforward and uncontroversial (of course not), many people were still furious that the show even existed. In a similar move to the #DeleteUber campaign, many people began to support a movement to boycott Netflix.
For every controversy there’s an equal backlash, so for all the people criticizing the streaming service there were an equal number supporting the show’s premise and Netflix. The entire discussion was as partisan and racial as possible, with one side using the hashtag #WhiteGenocide and the other referencing the now-common “white tears.”
We recommend holding judgement until actually seeing the show, but since this is the internet here are a bunch of people with fully-formed opinions based on a 35-second trailer. Watch it here and let us know what you think. The show releases on April 28. The trailer currently has over 100,000 dislikes on YouTube to only 7,000 likes.
Dear White People✔️— Irma Hinojosa 🇺🇸 (@latinaafortrump) February 8, 2017
Dear Black People❌
Dear Hispanic People❌
Dear Asian People❌
It's ok to be racist & anti White cuz muh systematic racism
@netflix how does it feel to alienate over half of your customers? Are you going to take Dear White People off the stream. Issue an apology?— Whitehackle (@deweysteven77) February 8, 2017
The 'Dear White People' trailer has 38k thumbs down.— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) February 9, 2017
Turns out racism isn't cool. Should have asked MTV. pic.twitter.com/RSCM6vOyTb
Apparently Netflix are frantically removing top comments on their "Dear White People" video who claim to have cancelled their subscription 😂— Conscious Caracal (@ConCaracal) February 9, 2017
no one is forcing you to watch Dear White People on netflix. all you have to do is click "Kids" since that's how you're acting.— lee yeol ☕️ (@heartpcys) February 9, 2017
"Dear white people, stop wearing black face. stop dressing up as black people for Halloween"— lex loves jasper (@bisexuaInygma) February 8, 2017
White ppl: WOW!!!! RACISM AT ITS FINEST!!!
People who are pressed about the title "Dear White People" & unsubscribing to Netflix will be back watching OITNB in a few months dw— 👽 (@leavetrislonely) February 8, 2017
Me scrolling through the thread of all the people canceling their subscriptions to Netflix because of "Dear White People" pic.twitter.com/hMgiWEtvh8— je•law•knee (@ItsJustJelani) February 8, 2017
People protesting "Dear White People" are the reason there is a movie and TV series called, "Dear White People".— My wife calls me 🌽 (@Blk_and_Gyphted) February 8, 2017