September 7, 2023
  • 12:08 pm Fall Convocation 2022: “The State of this University is Strong”
  • 9:37 pm Ogrin Brings the Thunder in Toros 12-3 rout; team plays for playoff championship tomorrow
  • 7:00 am Outstanding Professor Award Recipient’s Mic Drop Moment at Last Month’s Virtual Ceremony
  • 9:10 am Bookworms of the World Unite!
  • 7:46 pm Breaking News: All Students Living in Campus Housing Required to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
  • 9:00 am CSUDH Esports Creates International Competition
  • 9:35 am Spring Commencement Ceremonies Get Brighter
  • 3:46 pm Breaking News: Spring Commencement Ceremonies Recieve Stadium Upgrade
  • 8:00 am Testing the Teachers (and All the Educators)
  • 9:30 am CSUDH Educators and School Employees, Vaccinated Next
  • 10:30 am For White People Only: Anti-Racism Workshop Addresses Racial Bias and Unity
  • 2:43 pm Greatness Personified: Remembering Kobe Bryant
  • 10:02 am Straight Down the Chimney and Into Your (Digital) Hands: Special Holiday Edition of The Bulletin!
  • 2:44 pm Did You Wake up Looking this Beautiful?
  • 11:43 am A Long History for University’s Newest Major
  • 5:15 pm Issue 5 of Bulletin Live! Collector’s Item! Worth its Weight in Digital Paper!
  • 4:06 pm Special Election Issue
  • 4:03 pm Three best Latinx Halloween & Horror Short Films available now on HBO Max
  • 9:49 am Issue 3 of CSUDH Bulletin Live if You Want It
  • 3:24 pm Hispanic Heritage Month Update
  • 2:00 pm South Bay Economic Forecast Goes Virtual
  • 3:52 pm BREAKING NEWS: Classes for Spring to be Online, CSU Chancellor Announces
  • 9:39 am “Strikes” and Solidarity
  • 8:30 am March Into History: Just 5 in 1970, CSUDH Growth Shaped by Historic Event
  • 8:30 am Will the Bulletin Make Today Tomorrow?
  • 9:04 am Different Neighborhoods Warrant Rubber Bullets or Traffic Control For Protesters
  • 5:07 pm STAFF EDITORIAL: Even Socially Distant, We All Have to Work Together
  • 5:47 pm Transcript of CSUDH President Parham’s Coronavirus Announcement
  • 10:46 am Cal State Long Beach Suspends Face-to-Face Classes; CSUDH Discussing Contingency Plans
  • 5:26 pm Things Black People Should be Able to Get Away with This Month
  • 10:25 am Latinx Students Need a Place to Call Home
  • 2:35 pm Will Time Run Out Before Funds for PEGS? [UPDATED]
  • 8:41 am Year of the Rat? What’s That?
  • 6:20 am Artist Who Gave Life to Death and Inspired Countless Others Gets His Due at Dominguez Hills
  • 5:16 pm Why I’m Rooting for Dr. Cornel West
  • 5:00 pm Under Fire from the Feds, Vaping’s Future is Cloudy
  • 3:28 pm We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat; Tsunami 3.0 Hits Campus, Enrollment Swells
  • 4:48 pm University Weathering a Wave of New Students
  • 9:21 pm The Bulletin’s Public Records Request Offers Springboard to Launch Gender Equity Discussion at CSUDH
  • 4:27 pm Black is the New Black: Raising the Capital on the “B” Word
  • 10:53 am Guns Up for Arrest: Student advocacy group pushes for CSU No Gun Zones–Including the Police
  • 4:09 pm Staff Editorial: Words on the First
  • 8:42 pm Carson Mayor Blasts Media, Landmark Libel Case in Keynote Address
  • 9:27 am Free Speech Week Calendar of Events Update
  • 6:02 am Food for Thought: 40% of Students are Food Insecure
  • 3:12 pm Academic Senate Rejects CSU GE Task Force & Report
  • 3:06 pm Work To Be Done
  • 5:56 pm ASI Elections: What You Need to Know
  • 8:02 pm CSUDH President Parham Announces Cancer Diagnosis
  • 9:47 am CSUDH Art Professor’s 20-Year Journey Results in First Local Showing of Film
  • 9:13 pm Free Speech or Free Hate area?
  • 9:08 pm CSUDH’s Best & Brightest Shine at Student Research Day
  • 9:05 pm Academic Senate Approves Gender Equity Task Force
  • 12:37 pm When Dr. Davis speaks, Toros Pay Close Attention
  • 3:38 pm Investing in the Future: Dr. Thomas A. Parham Reflects on the Past Eight Months and Contemplates​ the University’s Future
  • 3:24 pm Green Olive to Open By End of Feb; Starbucks Not Until Fall
  • 3:20 pm Gov. Newsom’s Proposed Budget Hailed for Extensive Funding Increases
  • 3:08 pm Out of the Classroom: Labor and Community Organizing Course Aims to Teach Students How to Organize for Social Justice
  • 2:54 pm The Other Route in Professional Sports
  • 9:02 am Hail to the New Chief, CSUDH President Thomas Parham
  • 3:36 pm Career Center Holds Major/Minor Fair
  • 5:34 pm After Unexpected Delay, Undocumented Becomes More Intimate Theatrical Production
  • 1:30 pm What to Expect When You’re Expecting New Buildings
  • 1:17 pm Peaches, Peaches, Peaches
  • 1:14 pm Bonner Crowned: The Fearless Leader
  • 1:10 pm A Legacy Defined: Cilecia Foster
  • 1:03 pm The Toros Sweep Stanislaus State, Start CCAA Championships 
  • 12:56 pm Year In Review: 2022-23 Toros Athletics 

Jonah Hill on right, Lauren London on left. Photo Courtesy of IMDb.

By Saida Maalin, Staff Reporter

Netflix’s “You People” starring Jonah Hill and Lauren London, follows an interracial couple attempting to navigate their newfound love while also tackling race consciousness and interfaith marriage issues when families clash.  

The number one movie trending on Netflix has Black Twitter squirming with embarrassment for many reasons including the lack of Muslim representation and the cringy patronizing interactions between the disapproving in-laws. 

“Kenya Barris needs to stop using budgets to project! I feel like he just wants to be accepted but all of his messages seem to be diluted and stereotyped. It never feels authentic,” said one Twitter user, Jasmine McGee. 

“Black-ish” and “Grown-ish” creator Barris co-wrote this film with Hill, and that left many confused and questioning the reason why this romantic comedy was distasteful. 

“Pulling surface pieces in attempts to represent the culture is not enough especially if it comes at the expense of disrespecting the racial experience,” said McGee, “Obviously the conversation is needed and I can respect him for bringing it to the platform, he just needs to do better.”

Hill played Ezra, an aspiring cultural podcaster who falls for Amira (played by London), a 38-year-old costume designer. Ezra comes from a  Jewish family in Los Angeles and Amira comes from a Nation of Islam Muslim household. Seeing an interfaith couple was far from the issue; it was the representation of the Muslim family. Eddie Murphy and Nia Long played London’s parents in the film and Murphy’s character had many contradicting habits that didn’t add up. Some examples are the consumption of alcohol, the scene where both families said grace at the dinner table, London wearing the Ankh, an ancient Egyptian symbol and so much more. 

Another Twitter user stated how they felt Netflix needs to stop portraying Muslim characters if they aren’t going to respect Muslim values. Is the movie too woke for its own sake, or are we missing something or failing to understand critical race discussions? 

“The problem with “You People” was Barris’ involvement. It had his same self-hating Black vibe written all over it. He did not have to make the Black family more unbearable and less understanding than all of the other characters. That man hates the Black community,” said Kenzie on Twitter.

The other issue critics addressed was how Hill and London lacked serious on-screen chemistry and although both are fan favorites, many could have done without the cast selection. Their characters had about as much romantic chemistry as oil and water said one Twitter user.

Yes, the movie could have been funnier and could have addressed these topics in a different light. The jokes failed to land and it truly isn’t all of the cast’s fault.

The Rotten Tomatoes audience rated the film 2.5 out of 5 stars. One critic, Clarisse Loughrey, said the movie carries the unresolved, disjointed tension of a sitcom that’s been stretched to the two-hour mark.

The movie did have moments that were undeniably touching such as the tribute to the late Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle, solidifying a promise London made that in everything she does, she will always represent Hussle. 

Watch “You People” out on Netflix and see for yourself. Maybe your take could be different from others.


%d bloggers like this: