It looks like some people are angry with Netflix and are calling for a boycott after Netflix released the trailer for their new series "Dear White People."
The Netflix series, a spin off from the movie, is about the racial issues that arise on a fictional ivy league campus after a fraternity holds a blackface party.
Apparently people on twitter did not approve and called for a boycott.
Since then, Justin Simien, writer and creator of the series, responded with the following:
“Equality feels like oppression to the privileged and thus three benign words send them into a fight for their very existence, which happens to it actually not [being] in any real danger,” Simien said, per IndieWire. “This is how a minute long date announcement becomes a distorted call for white genocide in the minds of some people. Despite all signs to the contrary.”The show has no racist intent, he insisted.
“I’m not the first artist to use a misnomer as a title and I reject any notion of ‘causing a divide’ simply by stating that one exists,” he continued. “Which is my role as artist. To state what is. But if facts and common sense can not wake us up from our delusions and distorted ways of seeing, what can? Stories. Stories teach us empathy. They reveal to us ourselves in the skins of others. Our entire concept of reality is stories. So tell your story. Come out of the closet. Write your thesis. Make your film. But do it honestly. Tell the inconvenient truth. It is the only thing that has ever saved us. So while it was fun engaging the trolls but it’s like shooting fish in a barrel. The harder thing is to listen and present what is.”
What do you think? Check out the trailer below!