Well, that was quick: the short trailer for Netflix’s upcoming race-baiter “Dear White People” has generated a firestorm of controversy, amassing hundreds of thousands of dislikes on YouTube within the first 24 hours. However, many have accused YouTube of erasing millions of views and negative comments in order to mask the true extent of people’s disgust.
The trailer features a young black girl hosting a radio program broadcasting at the fictional Winchester University.
“Dear white people: Here’s a list of acceptable Halloween costumes. Pirates, slutty nurse, any of our first 43 presidents,” she lectures. “Top of the list of unacceptable costumes: me.”
Cut to a montage of evil white people prancing around in blackface costumes and basking in their white privilege until a group of black students come in and overthrow their racially-insensitive parties.
Sure enough, the video currently has upwards of 350,000 dislikes on YouTube – but screenshots have circulated that show the video at over 1 million dislikes, implying that YouTube threw a bone to Netflix by trying to clean up the trailer’s reputation.
“If all the ‘white tears’ over Netflix’s Dear White People are so funny, why did you delete 100,000 comments?” wrote journalist Paul Joseph Watson on Twitter.
“Dear White People” writer Jack Moore has also been criticized for writing, “F*ck white people” on Twitter, even though he is white himself. If these are the caliber of people Netflix has hired to run the show, it could actually be fun to watch in a train-wreck sort of way.
Watch the trailer below, if you dare: