Race

‘dear white people’ satire buzzing like crazy on the internet

June 15, 2012

Ok now, this ‘Dear White People’ satire video is causing a commotion on the web. Writer/director/producer Justin Simien says: “Meant to articulate the sometimes funny, mostly harmless, but occasionally painful experience of being a Black face in a vastly white place (i.e. most Hollywood work environments) @DearWhitePeople also served an ulterior motive of mine. I’d been working for some time on a satire about race identity. The feature script for Dear White People follows the events leading up to a race riot a prestigious predominately white university through the perspectives of four very different Black students. (…)
My film really isn’t about “white racism” or racism at all. As I see, it racism is systemic and is inherently reflected in any honest story about life as a minority in this country. (…) It’s about the difference between how the mass culture responds to a person because of their race and who they understand themselves to truly be.”

Sounds alright by us, but as you can imagine, not everyone thinks this is funny… outraged reactions have poured in since the video surfaced a few days ago (and of course racist comments started flying). So tell us: what’s the deal here?

About the project: “Remember when Black movies didn’t neccesarily star a dude in a fat suit and a wig? Or have major plot twists timed to Gospel numbers for no apparent reason? No? Damn…
Well believe it or not there was a time when “Black Art-House” was a thing. When movies like Do The Right Thing, Hollywood Shuffle, and Boyz In Da Hood were breaking box office records as well as making us laugh, cry, and think in ways movies hadn’t before.
The humble producers of DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, a satire about being a black face in a white place, long to bring those days back.”

If you like what you see, you can support the project via their fundraising campaign to produce an indie featured film: click here.

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