Netflix’s ‘Dear White People’ Promises To Be The “Voice Of Reason” In These Troubling Times

Some segments of the internet do not see it this way.

This week Netflix released a trailer for Dear White People, an original series based on the 2014 film of the same name. It looks great!

Like the film, Dear White People is about a college in turmoil after a series of racially insensitive parties are held on campus (you guessed it: blackface parties!). Samantha White (Logan Browning) then takes her critiques of her clueless white classmates to student radio, starting a consciousness revolution.

“America needs a voice of reason” the trailer proudly proclaims, while Samantha lists “acceptable Halloween costumes” (like “slutty nurse” and “any of our first 43 presidents”). “Top of the list of unacceptable costumes? Me.”

The backlash against this trailer has been almost immediate, because that’s what the internet is like. Tim Treadstone, a former BuzzFeed writer who is now mostly an alt-right tweeter, has encouraged people to boycott Netflix claiming that Dear White People “promotes white genocide”.

Although some tweeted back also claiming to have deleted their accounts in protest, a new episode of Riverdale is out today so who knows how long that’ll last.

Dear White People premieres April 28.