Some Netflix users are up in arms about an upcoming original series on the streaming service, with a number of them canceling their subscriptions and others calling for a Netflix boycott. At the center of the furor is the series “Dear White People,” due out April 28.
The show is an adaptation of the 2014 feature film of the same name, written, directed and co-produced by Justin Simien, who is also behind the series — including reportedly writing its first 10 episodes. The movie focuses on black students at a predominantly white university experiencing racial tensions.
Rolling Stone reports that the new trailer “unsurprisingly irked members of the so-called alt-right.”
A sampling of comments on social media shows that the project has struck a nerve. The New York Daily News posted a few examples, with one Twitter user writing: “Promote racism and white genocide & you get dropped.”
Another tweeted: “I haven’t used Netflix in months, but this Dear White People thing was a reminder to cancel my account and save ten bucks.”
Simien added his own voice to the fray, writing on Facebook that he feels “strangely encouraged” by the reaction.
“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,” Simien wrote. “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 the brief trailer that helped fuel the uproar, which Netflix posted Wednesday to announce the show’s release date …