Sunday, February 12, 2017
Trailer for 'racist' Netflix series Dear White People 'gets a million dislikes in just ONE day' - and sparks customer revolt
The trailer for a controversial new Netflix programme has sparked a fierce race row - losing the entertainment company numerous customers in the process.
More than 250,000 'dislikes' were registered for the Dear White People preview on Friday, just 24 hours after it was officially uploaded to YouTube.
But the true scale of the discontent could be much higher after claims the online broadcaster deleted both a million views and 100,000 accompanying negative comments.
The 30-second clip opens with a collection of Caucasian stereotypes and the show's African American protagonist, Samantha, hectoring students at the fictional Winchester University.
'Dear white people,' she says. 'Here’s a list of acceptable Halloween costumes: pirate, slutty nurse, any of our first 43 presidents. Top of the list of unacceptable costumes: me.'
It then shows a number of college students sporting so-called 'black face' and the violent responses that follow.
Unsurprisingly, plenty of viewers expressed their displeasure in the YouTube comments section.
One wrote: 'Not reverse racism, it's just plain racism. Bye Netflix!' while another added: 'Amazon Prime is the new Netflix, and its better. Goodbye Netflix, enjoy your racism.'
A third chimed in: 'I say this as a black person...I find it racist as hell. People find it funny when a black person is racist to a white person, but when the roles are reversed, man you are a horrible!