‘You People’ Perpetuates Harmful Jewish Stereotypes at a Perilous Time, Experts Say

The Netflix film has drawn divisive reactions over its portrayals of Jews and Black Muslims

Kenya Barris, the creator-writer-producer behind titles like “Black-ish,” “Grown-ish” and “America’s Next Top Model,” has proven himself to be one of television’s most reliable hitmakers. More importantly, he knows how to get people talking.

On Jan. 23, Barris made his directorial debut with “You People.” The comedy instantly soared to the top of the Netflix charts, racking up more than 65.61 million viewing hours to date. That number is proportionate to the avalanche of heated posts, op-eds and reviews that flooded the internet as soon as the trailer dropped. 

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Harper Lambert

Harper first joined TheWrap as a member of the Audience Team in 2021 before becoming a film reporter. Her writings about movies, TV, and culture have appeared in The Hollywood Reporter, MovieMaker and the Daily Nexus, where she served as Editor in Chief. She also co-hosted and co-created the podcast "Hot Off The Pod" with support from the UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement.