Here's what the creators of Dear White People have to say about the film:
Remember when black movies didn't neccesarily star a dude in a fat suit and a wig? Or have major plot twists timed to gospel numbers for no apparent reason? No? Damn...
Well believe it or not there was a time when "Black Art-House" was a thing. When movies like Do The Right Thing, Hollywood Shuffle, and Boyz In Da Hood were breaking box office records as well as making us laugh, cry, and think in ways movies hadn't before.
The humble producers of DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, a satire about being a black face in a white place, long to bring those days back. But we can't do it without you!
And here's the trailer:
The film is about "four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular 'African American' themed party thrown by white students." The trailer only has 304 views at the time of this post but already has 86 comments, many of which are depressingly racist. Thankfully, some commenters are voting this content down and getting it deleted, but some of it remains. Like:
All white people are racists. No black people are racist. I am sooo damned sick of hearing it.
not all white people are like this/how would you feel if there was a movie called 'dear black people'/i don't see race or colour black, white, red, yellow or green we are all HUMANITY/why do people have to talk about this, that won't solve anything/I have 3 black friends so I think I know what I'm talking about/it's racist to talk about racism/how come there's no white history month?/i'm not racist but.../this is so racist to white people/why are you people so sensitive/etc.
That last one is trying to be ironic *I think*, but it has 58 likes already and I doubt everyone's in on the joke.
Based on the response it's gotten so far, this movie is clearly necessary in a "post-racial" society that is anything but. Also, as a fan of academic hijinks movies like Animal House and Election (two films listed as influences for this one), I'm looking forward to some smart satire, college style.
Do you agree? Then get over to The Dear White People indiegogo page and donate already!