Tyler James Williams
Brandon P Bell
Dear White People (R)
Comedy 108 October 24, 2014
Samantha runs afoul of the college dean (Dennis Haysbert). Meanwhile, there are larger issues for him to untangle, involving the university's housing policy and the conflicts between the residence containing the largest number of white assholes and the house where black students land.
Simien is as fascinated by intra-racial confusion as by the interracial kind. Dear White People moves fast, at the rate of a dozen or more zingers a minute, which makes the experience of watching it exhilarating, if at times a little exhausting. In fact, Dear White People is so pinpoint-focused that it never finds its larger concentration, although that seems to be part of Simien's intent: Gay black sci-fi nerd Lionel (Tyler James Williams) doesn't know where, exactly, he's supposed to fit in, because there's no such thing as "exactly." If Dear White People had all the answers -- well, then, we really would be living in a post-racial America.