Don’t be fooled by the name. The original show by Netflix, is anything but about Dear White People.
The show, based on the 2014 movie of same name, by Justin Simien made a debut this Friday on Netflix.
It is a satirical take on racism, color discrimination and issues of sexual and identity crisis, that black and brown students of fictional Winchester University face.
Simien’s award winning movie had lots of potential and he has successfully crafted a TV series, building up on the same plot.
The series begins with focus on Samantha White, head of Black Student Union at Winchester.
She hosts a provocative, on-campus show in the University, titled Dear White People.
In the first episode itself, she makes a powerful though controversial statement. “Dear white people,” Samantha says in one broadcast, “here’s a little tip. When you ask someone who looks ethnically different, ‘What are you?,’ the answer is usually, ‘A person about to slap the s—t out of you.'”
The show starring Tessa Thompson as Samantha White; Brandon Bell as Troy and Tyler James Williams as Higgins, has already grabbed eyeballs. The ambitious take by Justin is expected to be a huge hit, way better than the original movie.