Lena Waithe Asks Twitter to Weigh In on Netflix’s Step Sisters ... and They Tell Her

Lena Waithe  (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Lena Waithe (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

We here at The Root have already weighed in on Step Sisters, the Netflix movie in which a black woman teaches white coeds how to step, the African-American cultural tradition where one’s body is used as an instrument.

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Frankly, many were looking at the flick with the side eye because ... more cultural appropriation. But then acclaimed writer Lena Waithe—who produced the Netflix vehicle—took to Twitter to get the real deal on our thoughts.

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“If you like it tell me. If you hate it tell me. Y’all know i ain’t Hollywood,” Waithe tweeted. “Let’s have a conversation.”

And in general, Twitter seemed to be on its best behavior, offering critical, nuanced views of the flim, with replies like this:

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And this:

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And this:

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And this:

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Others had questions:

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It seemed like most were ready to give it a chance, perhaps because of Waithe’s personal involvement and her track record with films like Mudbound and series like Showtime’s The Chi:

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Tell us, now that you know that Waithe is involved, will you give Step Sisters a shot?

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Senior Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

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DISCUSSION

Have no real interest in watching it because I have grown tired of every aspect of black culture being looked at like a frog dissection. For real our Greek Life and traditions are nothing like what white sororities and frats do, on some levels not all I’m not that naive, so I don’t think a film where a black scholar has to “help” these women compete against us is needed. The biggest problem I have with this is that you know that a whole bunch of white sororities are going to try and learn stepping and that it will become all the rage with these Becky’s and society will embrace this “new fad” while ignoring our contributions. You know it’s coming might as well brace for it.