5 Reasons You Should Be Watching ‘Dear White People’ on Netflix
"Welcome to Winchester University, check your privilege at the door."
If you're looking for a new Netflix binge-worthy show, Dear White People should be on your radar. The Netflix original series is based on the film of the same name, written and directed by Justin Simien.
Like the film, the series follows a group of black students at a fictional, predominantly white Ivy League campus as they navigate through racially charged social situations. But unlike the movie, which was met with a largely lackluster reception, the series, also written and directed by Simien, gets it right.
Strong acting (Logan Browning as Sam, Antoinette Robertson as CoCo and Marque Richardson as Reggie lead an bright cast), real situations and smart social commentary are the driving force behind the episodes which focuses on young black people navigating through a so-called post-racial society. Specifically, we find out what happens at Winchester University after a Halloween party where white kids dress up in blackface.
Racism, sexism, interracial relationships, homosexuality, colorism and police brutality are just a few topics that are covered in the series. The show is so raw and relatable that you can find yourself in at least one of the characters, but never does it lose its humor, cutting through topical issues with wit, intelligence and more than few laugh-out-loud moments.
If you need more reasons to watch, here are five.
If you've ever had to listen to a white person explain why they should be able to say the n-word and other racist jokes, then proceed to give an ignorant reason like the one mentioned above, you should watch Dear White People.
Black nerds, rich black people, bi-racial people, gay black people, black people from the hood, woke black people, and sleep black people all reside in the same space. You don't have to pick and choose— everyone is seen and heard in Dear White People– even white people.
If you've ever watched either of these shows, then you already know the drama that ensues after the opening credits. Dear White People does an amazing job at poking fun at both shows, which it hilariously parodies as Darica: Set Me Straight (a take on Iyanla: Fix My Life) and Defamation (a take on Scandal). Still, the parodies get to the core of the series—showcasing black community, even if its centered around something as simple as a television show.
Coco (played brilliantly by Antoinette Robertson) is smart, feisty, fierce, and knows what she wants. She paints the bottom of her shoes red, smokes weed to alleviate the pain of her sew-in, all while dating the most popular black man on campus. She will smile in your face and call you "sweets," while reading you for filth. She is not perceived as the "woke" black girl on campus and usually pisses black people off, but once you know her story you begin to root for her... kinda. Robertson's character also has one of the brightest moments in the entire series, when she directly addresses colorism in a nuanced way that it isn't often seen on television.
There was a call to boycott the show, and some white people decided to leave Netflix because they believed the series (after only watching the trailer) was anti-white and promotes white genocide. Dear White People: Ain't nobody trying to kill y'all.