I’m So Ready to See Dear White People!
Chile, I’ve been excited about the movie Dear White People since I first heard about it. Created by young Black people (writer and director Justin Simien, producer Lena Waithe) and giving in-your-face commentary on racial dynamics in the United States.
Looking around right now at what’s happening in Ferguson, you can see that we have so far to go. Or we can look in mainstream media and see all the boolsheet that’s being perpetuated about Black people (like that angry Black woman Shonda Rhimes piece, for example).
DWP stars Teyonah Parris (who I love and is in Mad Men), Tyler James Williams (remember him from Everybody Hates Chris), Tessa Thompson, Brandon P. Bell, Dennis Haysbert (he reminds us to be in good hands in those Allstate commercials. And he’s geriatric bae because he is FOREVERFAHN. Hey boo!) and more.
I am just really excited when Black content creators put together dopeness and this is what this movie looks like it’s going to be. That trailer had me cracking up and fist-pumping. This is an independent film that has generated buzz because it slayed at Sundance and other places. I’m forever rooting for the underdog and this film is looking like David.
“Dear White People… please stop touching my hair. Does this look like a petting zoo to you?” LOL WELP!
The time for addressing racism politely is done. OVER. Actually, that time should have never been here because prejudice is anything but polite. Sometimes, you just gotta say some shit WIT YO CHEST! So yes, I completely appreciate the filmmakers behind “Dear White People” calling it just that. You mad, bro?
Actually, yes. Folks are mad. The YouTube comments on the trailer are full of butthurt people and this is to be expected. Whenever white people are told they’re racist or that racism is still alive and well, and they’re benefactors of white privilege, the level of pissitivity goes through the roof. So imagine an entire movie that basically points it out. OH THE UPSET! FOLKS HAZ IT.
The best satire is the kind that is founded in truth and it makes people uncomfortable because it turns the mirror on them.
Dear White People opens in DC, New York, LA and Atlanta on October 17. There’s private screenings happening too (and I wish there was one in Chicago. DANGIT). But October 24, it opens nationwide. YESSSS!!!
Fun fact: I’m on The Root 100 list with Justin and Lena. Talk about being in DOPE company!