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'Dear White People' Confronted With On-Screen Protests In Official Trailer

Watch the 2-minute trailer for Netflix's upcoming original series. 

The cries for protest against Netflix's upcoming original series, Dear White People, has dulled in recent months, but it's very likely those same angry demonstrators will revive their old hashtags after watching the controversial series' newest trailer. The streaming service recently dropped a full-length trailer on Thursday (Apr. 13), and it's 2-minutes of TV gold.

The latest teaser doesn't dance quietly around the subject of racism. Similar to its first clip, which was released in Feb. 2017, the new video opens with Samantha White (played by Logan Browning) addressing a caller on her "woke" radio station. "When you ask somebody who looks ethnically different, ‘What are you,' the answer is usually, 'A person about to slap the s**t out of you,'" she says of an intercom.

That seems to be only the start of racial tensions brewing on the college university campus, as the trailer cuts to clips of campus protests, themed parties, and student government elections. In addition to racial topics, the trailer alludes to a discussion on sexual orientation and gender norms. Brandon P. Bell, Antoinette Robertson, DeRon Horton, Ashley Blaine Featherson also earn cameos in the trailer.

While the series was met with some protests on screen, it also endured opposition in real life from many who dubbed the show to be "anti white." The previous 30-second teaser sparked much outrage and even prompted a short-lived boycott of Netflix. Tessa Thompson, who starred in the 2014 feature film told TMZ that the backlash was exactly why the show needed to happen. "More than ever, we have to be open to engaging in dialogue and, with clarity in mind, acknowledging where we’re at as a country," Thompson said in Feb. 2017. So for those not opposed to giving the show a watch, Dear White People will hit the streaming service on Apr. 28. In the meantime, check out the trailer below.

 

 

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