'We tried to stop them': 'Dear White People' cast parodies celebrity racism PSA video

Celebrities are trying to "take responsibility for racism" in a new video PSA, but the public, including the cast of Netflix's "Dear White People" and British comedian Ricky Gervais, sees it as an empty gesture.
The two-minute PSA, created in collaboration with the NAACP, featured white celebrities such as Aaron Paul, Kesha, Sarah Paulson, Julianne Moore and Kristen Bell, "taking responsibility for how they perpetuated racism through silence or inaction" the Internet Thursday after many of the participants posted it on their social media pages with the hashtag "#ITakeResponsibility". It was hit with a largely negative reaction.
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Today #ITakeResponsibility for my role in eliminating racism in America. If white America does not recognize its privilege, systemic racism will continue. Trade now. What are you going to commit to?
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. @NAACP @itakeresponsibility #itakeresponsibility #blacklivesmatter
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A new parody appeared on Friday's official Twitter account for "Dear White People," a Netflix dramedy about African-American students at Winchester University, a fictional and mostly white Ivy League school based on the 2014 film of the same name.
The cast of Netflix's "Dear White People" attempted a widely ridiculed video in which white celebrities take responsibility for keeping silent about or participating in racism.
"The Winchester white students also want to take responsibility. We tried to stop them," the show signed the video, in which several white students share what they take responsibility for.
A male film student apologizes for "liking Quentin Tarantino films," while the guy who edits Winchester's response to Harvard Lampoon apologizes for being "funny, even though people are now PC". One woman takes responsibility for "being white and pretty and desirable for men of all races", while another apologizes for "seeing many managers" and discussing her "love of cocoa butter at bad times".
Dear whites

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The white students at Winchester also want to take responsibility. We tried to stop them. #DearUsPeople
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Gervais also criticized the video by posting a review on his Twitter page.
"Terrible lack of diversity in this video," he wrote.
The fans criticized the video as an empty action that required little effort and had little impact on the fight against systemic racism.
"How much money do you donate to provide funds and mutual aid to help the blacks? Can you commit to publicly supporting the abolition? I'm not rhetorical. #ITakeResponsibility," @SultanReina wrote.
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Hello @KeshaRose @KristenBell @_juliannemoore @ aaronpaul_8 @BryceDHoward @DebraMessing How much money do you donate to raise money and mutual help for black people? Can you commit to publicly supporting the abolition? I am not rhetorical. #ITakeResponsibility
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"#ITakeResponsibility? Do you act on this PSA? Did black people ask about it? Can anyone help me understand that?" wrote @JaminKCreates.
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#ITakeResponsibility? Do you act in this PSA? Did black people ask about it? Can someone help me understand?
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Many fans suggested that the celebrities use their wealth to donate to anti-racist purposes instead of making videos.
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"Just donate to the Black Lives Matter movement and save your viral videos. Please," @mousterpiece tweeted. "Seriously speaking about a cell phone video for 30 seconds is not a responsibility. Donate your money, march in protests, sign and reinforce petitions ... so you take responsibility."
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Just donate to the Black Lives Matter movement and save your viral videos. You're welcome.
Josh mirror

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Talking seriously about cell phone video for 30 seconds is not responsible. Donate your money, march in protests, sign and signal petitions ... so you take responsibility.

But thanks for the video "Celebrities Sing Imagine" this month, I think?
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"Look, it's your money and you can do whatever you want, but these celebrities can stop making these hackneyed videos and ... give a coin," @roserunaways tweeted.
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Look, it's your money and you can do whatever you want, but these celebrities can stop making these hackneyed videos and like ... give a coin ... I mean ... your purse, your choice, but. .. please, I'm tired of these black and white videos with a depressing ass piano ensemble in the bg
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Some compared PSA "Responsibility" to a video by "Wonder Woman" star Gal Gadot, in which celebrities, many of whom are not musicians, sang "Imagine" in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Both were slammed as empty gestures.
"Eee, honestly. Celebrities are doing it again - didn't they learn from Gadot? #ITakeResponsibility" Read @gegraves' tweet.
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Eee honestly. Celebrities do it again. - Didn't you learn from Gadot? #ITakeResponsibility
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However, some users responded positively to the message from the #ITakeResponsibility video and used the hashtag to offer similar messages of their own.
"#itakeresponsibility, not listening to black people / believing them and doing better, today I will support organizations at the forefront," @Kiersten__Kern tweeted.
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#itaker responsibility for not listening to / believing in black people and doing better, today I will support organizations at the forefront. Accept the promise
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On Thursday afternoon, ITR and NAACP issued a joint statement to clarify the campaign.
"I take responsibility to get a broad coalition to act by supporting many organizations fighting for oppressed communities," the statement said. "At ITakeResponsibility.org, we refer people to organizations that are at the forefront, fight for police accountability, mobilize voting efforts, and provide resources to directly affected families. We encourage everyone to take action and donate. We are proud of those who have used their voices in solidarity with this purpose. "
Contributors: Rasha Ali, USA TODAY
This article originally appeared in the US TODAY: 'Dear White People' parodies PSA video about celebrity racism

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