‘Dear White People’ Creator Has Mixed Feelings About Show’s Newfound Popularity

Netflix’s “Dear White People” has enjoyed a surge in popularity over the last month amid the ongoing nationwide protests that began in late May, but series creator Justin Simien has decidedly mixed feelings about his show’s renewed popularity.Simien spoke to The Playlist about the reported increase in viewership of his Netflix show and a handful of other topics in an interview published Monday.

Simien noted that although he appreciates that “Dear White People” is resonating with viewers, he wished that it didn’t take a “series of murders, by the state, of black people” for the show to gain traction with new audiences.“It has its fans and it always has a fervor when it was released, and our social media buzz is crazy.

But it just doesn’t always seem to sort of (become) the center of popular culture, the way other shows with white casts,

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