The illegal immigrant behind MTV’s controversial new show White People, in which white people are shown sobbing over their “white privilege,” has been forced to defend against accusations of racism, claiming that the documentary is not about publicly shaming white people.
As we reported earlier in a story that went viral after being picked up by the Drudge Report, the show, which is set to air on July 22, confronts white people about their “privilege,” while also featuring interviews with Native Americans and black people who blame whites for their woes.
The trailer for the show prompted a huge backlash, receiving over three times the amount of ‘thumbs down’ compared to ‘thumbs up’ on YouTube. The comments section (don’t be surprised if this gets disabled soon) is also filled with irate users slamming the show for racism, including numerous comments made by black people.
Jose Antonio Vargas, the illegal immigrant creator and host of the show, took to Twitter today in an attempt to stem the backlash, asserting that the show is not about publicly shaming whites.
.@MTV's "White People" is not "publicly shaming" whites. That's not the goal. Goal is to spark constructive conversations.
— Jose Antonio Vargas (@joseiswriting) July 9, 2015
This is a strange comment given that Vargas seemed perfectly OK with retweeting a review which said the show “wants to make white people feel very uncomfortable.”
— Vulture (@vulture) July 9, 2015
Liberal media outlets like Salon.com (which previously said all whites must apologize for the Dylann Roof shooting), celebrated the show, saying it would appeal to those who “enjoy watching white people cry”.
The reaction on Twitter was also pretty savage, with some directly accusing Vargas and MTV of peddling racism.
Blaming all modern #whitepeople for slavery is like blaming all Muslims for ISIS you foamy racists.
— Cringe Channel (@CringeChannel) July 8, 2015
— Sha-De (@sha_dayham) July 9, 2015
— Jeff Major (@wanderingmind86) July 9, 2015
— Jeffrey Bird (@TheJeffBird1) July 9, 2015
— Shaun Ireland (@Ireland4ATX) July 9, 2015
— Tureley (@Tureley) July 9, 2015
— JENNA (@Beantown_baby79) July 9, 2015
That MTV #WhitePeople show is proof this country has gone off the deep end.
— Harold (@Nikk1066) July 9, 2015