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Racists Are Deleting Their Netflix Accounts Over 'Dear White People' Trailer

"Thanks, white supremacists, you really helped me promote my show," says the creator.

By Eric Shorey

While conservatives might rail against the ultra-fragile egos of liberals, it is the special snowflakes on the right that have once again found themselves disproportionately offended over a trailer. This time, it's the teaser for the upcoming Netflix show Dear White People that has racists threatening a boycott.

The new show, adapted from the critically acclaimed 2014 film of the same name, is being spearheaded by Justin Simien. According to MSN, the program will comically explore indentity in "post-racial America" (heavy emphasis on the scare quotes). 

Here's the trailer that's got the racists buggin':

Is it terrible that I no longer find it shocking that telling white people to not dress in blackface is met with considerable backlash?

Notable alt-righter/neo-nazi Tim Treadstone kicked off the boycott by tweeting about the cancellation of his Netflix account as a response to the trailer, a move which backfired because he forgot to blur out his e-mail address:

Despite the kerfuffle, other (white people) seem to be following Treadstone's suit:

"For me, it was really profound, encouraging in a weird way," said Simien of the negative reaction from bigots, which partially garnered the trailer over 530,000 views in 24 hours. "It just brought more attention to the series. Thanks, white supremacists, you really helped me promote my show ... I'm a little grateful, I guess, to the insanity." 

"To see the sheer threat that people feel over a date announcement video featuring a woman of color (politely) asking not to be mocked makes it so clear why I made this show," he added to Rolling Stone. "I want those who are chronically unseen in the culture to feel seen. And I want those willing to extend empathy to experiences unlike theirs to understand their humanity more deeply."

Dear White People is set to debut on Netflix on April 28th.

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