The creator of “Dear White People” embraces the recent outrage over his new TV show.
Justin Simien, the show’s creator, spoke with Entertainment Tonight Thursday about the anger over the show. People called for a Netflix boycott after the trailer was released.
Simien remains unaffected by the outrage, going so far as to thank those who are angry with him.
“For me, it was really profound, encouraging in a weird way. It just brought more attention to the series. Thanks, white supremacists, you really helped me promote my show,” Simien said.
“Dear White People” is based off the film of the same name. It is centered around the experiences of black students at a majority white college. The show aims to lecture white people about racism and discrimination. (RELATED: ‘Dear White People’ Trailer Getting Crushed On YouTube)
People were not happy with the trailer, with some calling for a boycott and others accusing Netflix of racism. As of Thursday, the YouTube clip had 89,809 dislikes and only 4,393 likes.
Simien also took to Twitter to defend the series and discuss the outrage surrounding it.
“I’m a student of the human condition. And they are actually really helpful in writing season 2. Irritating, but helpful :D” Simien tweeted in response to a comment about “Nazi trolls.”
One of the writers on the show, Jack Moore, has also attacked white people. After former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s stunning loss, Moore went after white people.
“Fuck white people,” Moore tweeted election night.
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