Before the series has even been released, the alt-right, a loosely organized online white supremacist group, has already made its views known on the new Netflix project, Dear White People. Turns out that white nationalists tend not to be so tolerant of views with which they disagree.
A number of people have started a #NoNetflix hashtag on Twitter, claiming that the show promotes racism and white genocide, and many say they’re canceling their subscriptions and boycotting the streaming service as a result.
The outrage seemed to gain popularity when this trailer dropped on Wednesday, as character Sam White described why white people can dress up as a slutty nurse or a pirate for Halloween, but definitely shouldn’t ever use blackface as part of their costume.
That apparently was too far for some former Netflix subscribers.
Some also are pointing to this tweet from Jack Moore, a writer on the show, about his views on white people.
But Moore wrote that tweet in relation to the percentage of white people who voted for President Trump, and provided a handy chart.
The Netflix series is based on the 2014 movie of the same name, and originally, director Justin Simien called it a “satire about being a black face in a white place.”
Thus far Trump supporters who have tried to start viral shaming and boycotting trends have largely failed, including with campaigns against Star Wars, Starbucks, and Nordstrom. The series will be released April 28.