Ok now, this 'Dear White People' satire video is causing a commotion on the web. Writer/director/producer Justin Simien says: "Meant to articulate the sometimes funny, mostly harmless, but occasionally painful experience of being a Black face in a vastly white place (i.e. most Hollywood work environments) @DearWhitePeople also served an ulterior motive of mine. I'd been working for some time on a satire about race identity. The feature script for Dear White People follows the events leading up to a race riot a prestigious predominately white university through the perspectives of four very different Black students. (...)
My film really isn't about "white racism" or racism at all. As I see, it racism is systemic and is inherently reflected in any honest story about life as a minority in this country. (...) It's about the difference between how the mass culture responds to a person because of their race and who they understand themselves to truly be."
Sounds alright by us, but as you can imagine, not everyone thinks this is funny... outraged reactions have poured in since the video surfaced a few days ago (and of course racist comments started flying). So tell us: what's the deal here?
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