Justin Simien is turning his entertaining, yet offensive 2014 dramedy Dear White People, into a half-hour comedy series for Netflix. The original Dear White People — a sharp exploration of race and identity that took place within a fictional, largely white Ivy League school — was Simien's first feature film, and it won him a special jury prize at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Here is the original trailer when it was released in 2014.
On YouTube, back in 2014 the video accumulated 11,461 “thumbs up” and 3,647 "thumbs down."
When this trailer was released, some of the movie's stars have since taken on larger, more prominent roles. Tessa Thompson played an important role in 2015 Rocky reboot 'Creed', and Teyonah Parris starred in Spike Lee's Chi-Raq. Now it looks like these well rounded actors have moved on from the controversial outlook on this movie and will not be in the new Netflix series this year. Given what has happened over the past couple of weeks from our President Donald Trump, this film has now caused more backlash from the black community then when it was a small film idea back in 2014. It also hit theaters in October 17, 2014.
Since then, there has been another trailer released with an entire new young cast. The trailer shows a diverse group of students at the fictional, largely white Winchester University fill and often rail against the roles they’re put in, paving the way to both comedy and conflict in their “post-racial” world.
On YouTube, the show has amassed 4,750 “thumbs up” and 98,016 "thumbs down."
During a panel held in New York City, series creator Justin Simien explained that, while making the original film was important to him, each of the characters he introduced needed more space and time to tell their stories. “These characters belonged on TV,” said Simien. That said, it was an arduous yet worthwhile process. “It almost killed me, in the best way.”
With the comparisons of YouTube views and thumbs up and down from when it was releases in 2014 vs 2017, it looks like the views on the show changed drastically. Of course this topic made it's way to the ears of the Twitter people and here are some of the peoples views on the hashtag #BoycottNetflix
You can check out the trailer above. Dear White People arrives on Netflix April 28, 2017. Let us know if you'll be watching it or not.