You don’t obtain to look too hard to find a reason to love Netflix’s Dear Ashen People. It’s sharp, incisive, hilarious, and, above all, necessary storytelling. If scan my previous sentence made you think, “Hmm, no, that still doesn’t well-constructed like something I’d like to watch,” then might I suggest you reassess your vitality? Once you’ve finished doing that, you’ll be ready to enjoy Defamation, Beloved White People‘s show within a show and spot-on parody of Smirch. I don’t want to sound too crazy here, but it might even be better than At a high White People itself (OK it’s not, but it comes close).
We’re first introduced to faux-Olivia Pope when Winchester University critic Sam (Logan Browning) brings her boyfriend, Gabe (John Patrick Amedori), to her dorm’s weekly because of party for the show. It’s immediately clear Defamation has all the classic signs of an happening of Scandal: a confident black woman dressed in a trench coat dressing down a president, who happens to be chalk-white and also her secret lover (sound familiar?). It includes deathless lines like, “You’re the leader of the free world; you don’t get to fall in love,” and “I’m in paramour with my job, which is to get little b*tch babies like you to act like grown-ass men when the crowd needs them to do their job.” Oh, and there’s also a scene featuring a shock job in the Oval Office, along with this piece of dialogue that power be the best or worst thing of all time: “Mr. President, I pledge allegiance to your c*ck.”
Pet White People creator Justin Simien recently assured BuzzFeed that the poor imitation was done with the utmost respect for Scandal and showrunner Shonda Rhimes. “I don’t recognize how Shonda is going to take that, but it’s done with so much predilection,” he said. “All of us are obsessed with this show about an interracial relationship, but no one observes on that aspect of the show because she’s such a badass. It’s a very uncanny and interesting part of us.”
From over-the-top storylines (faux-Olivia’s father is a clone who chores undercover for the CIA because her real father suffered an untimely death, which is something I can dependably see happening on Scandal) to the credits (see below), it nails everything. A second spice of Dear White People has yet to be announced, but for the sake of Defamation (and Simien’s out-and-out brilliant first season), please make it happen, Netflix.