Alt-Right Dickheads Bravely Cancel Their Netflix Subscriptions Over 'Dear White People'
Netflix debuted the teaser trailer for their original series Dear White People earlier today and wouldn't you know it, some very predictable people weren't pleased! A summation of the 34-second teaser might be "blackface is bad!" which most sane, compassionate individuals would agree with. But if the internet were populated only by the sane and compassionate, we'd never have hashtags like #BoycottNetflix.
The gist of online umbrage around Dear White People is that it's being perceived by some extremely thin-skinned people as "anti-white." Strangely there were no calls to boycott theaters when the movie this series is based on-also called Dear White People- debuted in 2014, or when the deal between Lionsgate and Netflix was announced last year.
Then again, those in need of a safe space to be racist have been boycotting a whole lot lately. /pol/'s Discord chat spent much of the Super Bowl issuing boycotts against companies whose commercials hurt their feelings-including Kia, Audi, Budweiser, and T-Mobile. Prior to that, Starbucks was "threatened" with a boycott of sorts ( again ) after pledging to hire 10,000 refugees. Back in November a similar online contingent threatened to boycott companies as far-ranging as Pepsi, ConAgra, Facebook, and Tic Tacs (Netflix made that list too.)
As the country becomes increasingly politically divided, those on both sides of the aisle have been making their voices heard with their wallets. A leftist boycott of Uber for its association with the Trump administration resulted in an apology from CEO Travis Kalanick and his resignation from Trump's Strategic and Policy Forum.
Some protests work. This one won't.