14 Febrero 2017 13:50
One of the most amazing and yet disturbing things about the internet is the opportunity it affords people to voice their opinions, on everyone and everything, continually... without having a fucking clue what they're talking about. Thanks to social media, you don't actually need to understand something to broadcast your views about it all over the world. Who hasn't felt the triumphant burst of adrenaline after sending a deeply-felt, yet ill-informed, rant out into the world?
Well, just last week social media gave us yet another example of this phenomenon.
Last Wednesday, Netflix launched a trailer for a new programme called Dear White People: a comedy series based on the film of the same name by director Justin Simien. The series, which is due to premiere on 28 Abril, satirizes 'post-racial' America as students of colour navigate a predominantly white Ivy League college.
The trailer shows Samantha White, one of the main characters, talking on a radio show.
'Dear White People,' she says. 'Here's a list of acceptable Halloween costumes: pirate, slutty nurse, any of our first 43 presidents. Top of the list of unacceptable costumes: me.'
It then shows a number of white college students sporting 1920s-style 'black face', followed by some offended-looking black people. And that's about when things started kicking off online.
One of the first people to wade in was Tim Treadstone, alt-right Twitter guru, who decided to give his verdict to Dear White People via this tweet.
Netflix announced a new anti-white show (Dear White People) that promotes white genocide.
— Shia ? LeBaked™ (@bakedalaska) February 8, 2017
Dear White People✔️
Dear Black People❌
Dear Hispanic People❌
Dear Asian People❌
It's ok to be racist & anti White cuz muh systematic racism
— Irma Hinojosa ?? (@latinaafortrump) February 8, 2017
Why is netflix coming out with a show called Dear White People ? Getting real tired of people trying to profit from racial divide .
— Tim (@Tim_Loves_Music) February 9, 2017
Netflix announced a new racist anti-white show called "Dear White People." Would it be OK to make a show called dear black people? No.
— Makada ?? (@_Makada_) February 8, 2017
Many hours and cancelled Netflix accounts later, Simien, the show's creator, posted a statement on Facebook:
'When the first trailer for the film dropped, I'll admit the deluge of claims that I was a reverse racist and a "piece of shit monkey that should shut up and go back to Africa" really hurt. But now, I feel strangely encouraged. To see the sheer threat that people feel over a date announcement video featuring a woman of color (politely) asking not to be mocked makes it so clear why I made this show. I want those who are chronically unseen in the culture to feel seen. And I want those willing to extend empathy to experiences unlike theirs to understand their humanity more deeply. Here's to 4.28.17 And hopefully some more woke folks to get up in these comments.'
Summing up: Dear White People doesn't call for white genocide. It's a critique of certain racist systems and situations which are prevalent even in today's supposedly 'post-racial' US.
And maybe all those 'broflakes' throwing hissy fits online proves exactly why it's necessary for shows like Dear White People to get made.