Netflix’s Rachel Dolezal Documentary Faces Backlash

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Again in June 2015, Rachel Dolezal prompted a number of controversy and went viral after avoiding the easy query, “Are you African American?”

Whereas being interviewed for a local news report about claims of being the sufferer of hate crimes, she declined to inform the reporter when requested the query. It later got here out that she had been masquerading as a black lady whereas certainly being white (her white parents eventually came forward to verify they’re certainly, not black). Dolezal later claimed that she was “trans-racial,” in an interview on the As we speak present.

Since then, numerous suppose items and interviews, just like the in-depth interview conducted by journalist Ijeoma Oluo, on the validity of her declare that she will be able to and desires to establish as black and whether or not or not it’s, the truth is, racist, has populated public dialog.

Now, Rachel is again within the highlight after it was revealed earlier this week that Netflix can be releasing a documentary on her life as it’s at present and the controversy that continues to encompass her. In line with USA As we speak, The Rachel Divide is set to premiere on April 27 and a clip from the documentary — whereby Rachel’s son explains why he does not need this documentary to be made and Rachel will get emotional about exposing her life on this approach — has already been inflicting extra outrage.

A part of would-be viewers’s unfavourable reactions, it appears, come from the truth that Rachel could also be agreeing to take advantage of the turmoil her kids really feel about these matters (as evidenced from the launched clip) for the sake of publicity. One Twitter person wrote, “You can argue whether or not this doc needed to be made, but all I see from this clip is a mother intentionally putting her child through anguish for purely selfish reasons.” Actor Patricia Arquette chimed in on Twitter too, writing, “I hope people steer clear of this Rachel Dolezal thing. Her kids are clear they DON’T want any of this. For their sakes let’s protect them.”

Others are upset that Rachel is constant to be given a platform and is being provided what they see as one more unearned likelihood to ostensibly redeem herself, despite the fact that what she has finished to earn her notoriety, full with appropriated black hairstyles, is seen as erasure of actual black women who can’t decide and select their identification as she seemingly has. Some persons are additionally calling out Netflix for devoting time and a focus to a girl who has egregiously appropriated black tradition whereas black ladies like Mo’nique get shut out from being thought-about as worthy of Netflix’s protection. One individual wrote, “Hey @Netflix, Rachel Dolezal doesn’t need a documentary streamed on your site. She’s fraudulent and problematic. Why don’t you take all that money and put it towards projects made by real black women?”

Netflix tried to explain their intentions on Twitter, in response to journalist Joy-Ann Reid’s tweet expressing dislike for the documentary. “To clarify one thing: Like all subjects for our documentaries, Rachel Dolezal did not receive any payment for this project,” Netflix wrote. “We worked with filmmakers Laura Brownson and Roger Ross Williams, who wanted to explore Dolezal’s life as a microcosm for a larger conversation about race and identity. The film is focused not just on her life but on the larger conversation, including people who see her actions as the ultimate expression of white privilege.”

When Teen Vogue reached out to Netflix for remark, in addition they directed us to that tweet.

Whereas Netflix’s assertion implies that Rachel’s life may be the entry level and never the whole focus, it is onerous to disregard the truth that Rachel is but once more being given one other likelihood to normalize her actions when it is onerous to justify why she ought to within the first place.

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