“I just want to say that I find your show offensive and highly divisive,” says a caller in the new official trailer for the Netflix series “Dear White People” (watch above). He’s calling in to the title radio show, hosted by Samantha White (Logan Browning), who stirs things up on her college campus by calling out racism on the airwaves. But the caller could just as easily be speaking for the show’s online critics. Some irate viewers took to Twitter to complain about an earlier teaser for the comedy, accusing the series of being anti-white and promoting reverse racism or white genocide.
The series is based on the acclaimed 2014 indie film of the same name that was written and directed by Justin Simien. It was set at an Ivy League college where racial tensions are inflamed by a blackface party thrown by white students on campus. Simien won a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival for Breakthrough Talent, and then an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay.
Simien is back as the creator, writer and director for the new series, whose first season consists of 10 half-hour episodes that will all premiere on April 28. The first two of those episodes were already previewed at the SXSW Festival, where Michael Rechtshaffen (Hollywood Reporter) wrote that it retains “all of its razor-sharp wit and then some” and Peter Debruge (Variety) praised the show’s “wit, attitude, and a terrifically charismatic black-led cast.”
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