People are outraged over an upcoming Netflix documentary centering on Rachel Dolezal.
Social media users criticized the streaming service for giving renewed attention to Dolezal — the former president of an NAACP chapter who was born white but portrayed herself as black for years — when it could have spotlighted people with honest backstories instead.
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“Hey @Netflix, Rachel Dolezal doesn’t need a documentary streamed on your site,” tweeted a user named Lorazepam Grier. “She’s fraudulent and problematic. Why don’t you take all that money and put it towards projects made by real black women?”
Many others shared this sentiment.
“Really though, who asked for a Rachel Dolezal documentary, @netflix?” wrote Brad Walsh. “There are thousands of fascinating women with incredible stories to tell who deserve attention. She is not one of them.”
New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow, meanwhile, wrote, “Oh hell no! When PERFORMING blackness gets more attention than actually BEING BLACK.”
The Dolezal controversy exploded during the summer of 2015 when her parents confirmed their daughter was a biologically white woman.
Dolezal contended amid the saga that she still identified as being black, suggesting race should not be defined by one’s DNA, but left her job with the NAACP shortly after her family history emerged.
A trailer for the new documentary — titled “The Rachel Divide” — premiered online Wednesday and featured her biological son, Franklin, opening up about the toll the fallout from his mother’s fabrications has taken on him.
“I resent some of her choices and I resent some of the words she’s spoken in interviews,” Franklin says in a testimonial portion of the teaser.
“The more that I hear about it, the more that I talk to people about it, the more it just drains me.”
The new documentary is the culmination of filmmaker Laura Brownson recording Dolezal and her family for the past two years.
Netflix contends it did not pay Dolezal to do the documentary, according to the BBC.
In the teaser, Dolezal admits it’s a “risk” for her to do the documentary and put her kids in the public eye.
“It’s hard, and I’m trying to be the gatekeeper, and then you’re just like handing it over to somebody who can just like be a wrecking ball,” she says.
“The Rachel Divide” premieres on Netflix on April 27.