Contrary to some people’s beliefs, the Netflix Original TV show “Dear White People” is actually NOT racist. But before we get into that, I want to go over a few different points about the show, and then we can get into the juicy stuff.
First off, I’d like to start by saying that you will probably be hearing a lot more reviews from me as the summer goes on. This is due to a whole BUNCH of new free time (as soon as I get my schedule straight), and me filling that time with Netflix, Red Box, and reading. So be prepared.
1) Fashion/ Styling
Rating: Iconic, Breathtaking 10/10
Sam was my favorite style icon. Her outfits were so out there and courageous, a lot like how her character was. She was that type of girl that’s trendy, but in her own unique way.
I love this next picture. The sweatshirt, the Timberlands, the vest, and that Jean jacket. This exact moment was meant for this exact picture. I love it so much. It reminds me of high school in a way.
Sam may be my first favorite style icon from the show, but Joelle was DEFINITELY a very close second. Both are total goddesses in their own right. I think the stylist did an amazing job portraying these characters through their clothes.
2) The Script
If you’ve EVER watched a Netflix original anything, you know what I mean when I talk about the script. “Dear White People” definitely kept things interesting, and the actors delivered their lines really well. I believed it all (well most of it). Every Netflix show has an ehhhhhhh script though, especially those containing teens or young adults. For some reason, Netflix always has the urge to make their characters reference celebrities for no reason. They always want to break that 4th wall. It gets kind of annoying. But overall, this script was crazy better than some Netflix shows I’ve seen. There was laughing, almost crying, heart wrenching moments, and even some that makes you smirk at how clever it was.
Pretty freaking good. I didn’t notice the soundtrack a lot during the show, but when it was about to end and their intro song was so noticeably good. One of my favorite songs (which is pretty depressing) is Uno by Rex Orange County. Amazing lyricism. There were a lot of songs that were like “Damn, what is this?”
The cool thing about this show is that it’s a depiction of only a few days or maybe a couple weeks, and they do it in chapters. So every chapter leads into a new day, but from a different person’s point of view. I REALLY love this aspect of the show. It’s so creative, although it has been done before, I feel like this show really executed it in a fantastic way.
This show isn’t about white people being racist. It is really about the black community and what it is like living in America. It explores things such as colorism, homosexuality/homophobia within the black community, and the white washing of an entire culture in order to survive. Ever sense I heard the name of the show, I knew I had to watch it. It’s daring, and it’s necessary. This show sheds light on a lot of things white people, like myself, will never experience.
If you talk to me for long enough, we will eventually talk about politics. It is a much bigger deal for me than ever before. And this blog is a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blog. Not a politic opinion blog. So I’m not gonna bombard you with my opinions. However, this show is absolute golden. There are so many dramatic and interesting plot twists and turns. The storyline is accompanied by volcanic truth. Heart wrenching, eye opening truth.
I will say this: if you -refuse- to watch this show because you think it is racist, you are displaying privilege. You can turn the other cheek if you think racism is coming your way, and it’s like it never existed. Not everyone in America has that.
I understand if you think this is controversial. But the show is controversial. It’s a great show. There is so much to learn. And ignorance will never allow us to have change. Take a chance on this show, because you may very well fall in love with it like I did. I don’t know if I’ll ever review a show, book, or movie on here that I don’t like. I don’t really see the point in spreading negativity.
Thank you so much for reading! I definitely enjoy describing some of my favorite things with you all. Stay safe out there. And stay open minded.