Kenya Barris is finally setting the record straight on whether he has a ‘fetish’ for centering mixed-race characters in his projects after being lambasted.
Earlier this month, film critics shed light on Barris after the trailer for his Netflix romantic comedy, you people hit the internet.
The fun comedy, which stars Jonah Hill and Lauren London, follows Hill’s goofy character, Ezra Cohen, as he tries to convince the parents of his black girlfriend named Amira (London).
After news of the film made headlines, some angry Twitter users lit up in Barris, noting how interracial relationships and bi-racial characters are still centered in its storylines.
A few people have accused the famous screenwriter of having an unhealthy “fetish” and “obsession” with biracial people.
Kenya Barris reacts to biracial backlash
Well, this week during an interview on Swing in the morning, Barris eventually responded to the criticism. When asked if he had a “fixation” with mixed-race stories, the Blackish and Cultivated the creator said sarcastically:
“I do, I really do.”
Barris, 48, continued:
“It’s crazy, it happened because I did a show about my family that I’m super proud of in Blackish. My wife is biracial, the children look like my real children. Then there’s a spin-off with Yara [Shahidi] which is amazing, which I’m super proud of this spin-off, there’s a spin-off about the life of the mother character, which was based on the life of the mother of my children and the things that she has lived.
Barris argued that he has created other projects that feature unique storylines outside of popular shows like Black-ish and Grown-ish.
“If you get out of this, people don’t think or remember that it’s entergalactic, Shaft, Coming 2 America, The Game, Girlfriends, Girls Trip,“, he said, before challenging his enemies.
“I’ll go one-on-one, I’ll do a Verzuz. I will go against anyone who is black for, in terms of who put Black s**t on,” he added.
Despite the backlashyou people has garnered positive reviews from fans online since its release today.
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