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

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.

“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?

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Angela Helm

Ms. Bronner Helm is a Contributing Editor at The Root. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.