People are getting really excited on Twitter about a new Netflix series — but not in a way you would typically expect.
Dear White People, a 10-episode comedy by Justin Simien, is based on the 2014 hit movie of the same name about the racial tensions that arise on a fake Ivy League college campus.
While we were super excited upon seeing the 30-second promo, it was apparent on Twitter that not everyone shared our glee. Some people took to social media to call the trailer "anti-white" and "racist." There is even a push to boycott Netflix, with many saying they are going to cancel their subscriptions.
Netflix announced a new anti-white show (Dear White People) that promotes white genocide.
— Baked Alaska™ (@bakedalaska) February 8, 2017
— JayCee (@Broowster) February 8, 2017
— Deplorable Matt (@82ndPatriot) February 9, 2017
However, the creators of the series are standing by their story and hard work.
"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. "This is how a minute long date announcement becomes a distorted call for white genocide in the minds of the some people. Despite all signs to the contrary."
Simien also made it a point to clarify his intent with Dear White People, and how others can tell their stories in a raw, genuine way.
"I'm not the first artist to use a misnomer as a title and I reject the 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."
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