In a generation that coined the ever so popular phrase ‘Netflix and chill,’ people are canceling their subscriptions and acting anything but chill.
Wednesday, Netflix released its first teaser trailer for the highly anticipated original series Dear White People. The series, based on the 2014 feature film of the same name, follows a group of diverse students and their experiences with discrimination at the predominantly white, fictional Ivy League Winchester University. The series’ title takes its name from the name of the radio show hosted by Winchester sophomore Samantha White, played in the upcoming show by Hit The Floor’s Logan Browning.
“Dear white people: Here’s a list of acceptable Halloween costumes,” White says on her radio show in the series’ trailer. “Pirate, slutty nurse, any of our first 43 presidents. Top of the list of unacceptable costumes: Me,” she adds, as images of white people in blackface flash across the screen.
Upon the trailer’s release, some people couldn’t help but express their anger about the show. They took emotional solace where most people do when they’re angry about something and have no real platform to express it: the YouTube comments section. The trailer’s comment section erupted with long and strenuous paragraphs about how they considered show wrong, racist and just horrible. YouTube reaction videos claim Netflix is promoting not only racism but also the idea that African Americans are victims, all white people are racist and the show glorifies anti-white behavior. Most of these conclusions were entirely based on a 34-second trailer.
In 22 hours the trailer has garnered 113,627 dislikes on Youtube with only 500,984 views.
Twitter users, including former Buzzfeed employee and #TrumpCup creator Baked Alaska, have been posting pictures of their cancellations for the video streaming service today in preparation for the series’ April 28 debut.
Isn’t it funny how people can jump to conclusions and immediately decide a show is racist only based on a trailer that simply suggests appropriate Halloween costumes yet also find no problem in electing a president that exhibits explicit expressions of racism? The world works in mysterious and baffling ways.
Catch the trailer below and see what all the chaos is about. If you have a little free time on your hands and need a good laugh, head over to the trailer’s comments section. Decide for yourself whether you’ll be tuning in for the premiere of Dear White People.