No matter where you fall in terms of political beliefs, there’s no denying that things are pretty testy in Washington, D.C., right about now. Rather than avoid that conflict, Netflix decided to lean into it recently by hosting a Q&A screening of its timely, thought-provoking, and pretty damn funny new series Dear White People right in the heart of the District of Columbia.
Held at the E-Street Landmark Theater downtown, over 200 attendees got a sneak peak at the new show, which premieres April 28 on Netflix. The crowd was comprised mostly of students, which is pretty fitting, given the fact that the show is set at a fictionalized Ivy League school where students of all different backgrounds try (and fail) to gain an understanding of one another. The event also had one other thing that’s of the utmost importance to college kids: free popcorn.
Once the screening was over, the crowd engaged in an interactive Q&A with series creator Justin Simien and several of the show’s cast members. The discussion highlighted how skillfully the show zeroes in on many of the concerns that college students of all backgrounds face in today’s climate. When the event concluded, the crowd filtered out and they were also treated to some free Dear White People swag. One thing seemed pretty clear: Everybody was psyched to check out the rest of the series once it debuts.
You can see some footage from the fun and thought-provoking event above. And be sure to catch the new original series Dear White People when it drops on Netflix April 28.