Dear White People

Dear White People

Updated Feb 10, 2017 at 01:33PM EST by Don.

Added Feb 10, 2017 at 12:08PM EST by Don.

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Dear White People is 2014 comedy-drama film discussing various race-related issues at an Ivy League college from the perspective of African American students. Following the announcement of a Netflix original series in February 2017, an online boycott was launched by those who argued the show was promoting anti-white attitudes.


On October 17th, 2014, the film Dear White People was released, which focused on racial tensions experienced by African Americans at an Ivy League college.

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On February 8th, 2017, Netflix released an announcement trailer for the upcoming series (shown below). Within 48 hours, the YouTube upload gained over 2.1 million views, 268,000 dislikes and 25,000 likes.

That day, the keywords "Dear White People" became a trending topic on Twitter after various users accused the show of being "anti-white," with some promoting a boycott against Netflix (shown below).

Irma Hinojosa us @latinaafortrump Dear White People、/ Dear Black People Dear Hispanic People Dear Asian People× It's ok to be racist & anti White cuz muh systematic racism 3:42 PM - 8 Feb 2017 わ 1,076 2,897 Baked AlaskaTM @bakedalaska Follow Netflix announced a new anti-white show (Dear White People) that promotes white genocide. 1 cancelled my account, do the same. #NoNetflix 3:21 PM - 8 Feb 2017 다 5,355 7,714

Meanwhile, two "fuck white people" Tweets posted by Dear White People head writer Jack Moore in November 2016 began circulating online as well, leading many to accuse him of racism.[1][4] Also on February 8th, a post about the controversy reached the front page of /r/subredditdrama,[5] gathering upwards of 3,100 votes (84% upvoted) and 1,300 comments in 48 hours.

Jack Moore @JackPMoore F--- white people. 11/8/16, 9:03 PM

Additionally, Dear White People actress Logan Browning tweeted a response to the controversy, claiming that the show "is not anti-any race" (shown below).[6]

Logan Browning @LoganLaurice Follow Dear White People, a lot of the press who've watched the show & enjoyed it so far, are white The show is not anti-any race. See you 4/28 2:48 PM - 8 Feb 2017 わ다 334 848

The following day, Dear White People creator Justin Simien insisted that he was not causing a racial divide in an interview with Indiewire:[3]

"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. Which is my role as artist. To state what is."

Also on February 9th, YouTuber Philip DeFranco posted a video responding to the controversy, in which he argued that the 2014 film was not anti-white and that the controversy was likely due to marketing failure (shown below). Within 24 hours, the video gained over 787,000 views and 19,400 comments.


The 2014 film received positive reviews from critics, having gained a score of 91% on Rotten Tomatoes and 79/100 on Metacritic.

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Hyval  the Emolga
Hyval the Emolga

What's this article?

…no. No! NO!

WHY!?! Can't you talk about being generalized and experiencing racism without generalizing people and creating more racism!?

Why is everything a fight over racial lines nowadays!

It should be clear by now that Donald Trump didn't divide anybody. When he walked in, the country was already cut in half. It was people like YOU who did the dividing for him!

-Signed, an Asian/Pacific Islander


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