(WARNING: A FEW SPOILERS AHEAD)
If you’re a fan of “Dear White People,” it’s pretty clear that while the entire cast is stellar, Ashley Blaine Featherson’s Joelle is a fan favorite. But a huge complaint about season one of Justin Simeon’s hit Netflix show was that Joelle was more a sidekick than an actual fleshed out character.
But no worries! In season 2, Joelle gets her own episode and trust me when I say…it’s everything! The amazingly written and acted episode addresses colorism, hoteps, self-esteem and dating. And from the looks of it, folks on Twitter are absolutely loving it.
Take a look at the praise Featherson is receiving not just for episode 5, but for her amazing performance throughout the entire new season.
‘Finally!’ Twitter Celebrates The Joelle-Centered Episode Of ‘Dear White People’ was originally published on hellobeautiful.com
1. You Better Werk Ashley!
(WARNING: A FEW SPOILERS AHEAD): If you’re a fan of “Dear White People,” it’s pretty clear that while the entire cast is stellar, Ashley Blaine Featherson’s Joelle is a fan favorite. But a huge complaint about season one of Justin Simeon’s hit Netflix show was that Joelle was more a sidekick than an actual fleshed out character. But no worries! In season 2, Joelle gets her own episode and trust me when I say…it’s everything! The amazingly written and acted episode addresses colorism, hoteps, self-esteem and dating. And from the looks of it, folks on Twitter are absolutely loving it. Take a look at the praise Featherson is receiving not just for episode 5, but for her amazing performance throughout the entire new season.
@AshleyBlaine from Hello Cupid to Dear White People watching you cupcake and be boo’d up just fills me up... if this don’t work out for Joelle, somebody is going to have to fight me— Stimmy Stimmy Cocoa wha (@radsadblackbry) May 5, 2018
@AshleyBlaine truly loving the character development of joelle. shes my favorite. you bring the relatable vibes so well... shoutout to writers for draggin that hotep. i literally screamed at that scene 😂😂😂— b. (@Bee_Gorgeous) May 5, 2018
I am in awe. Trevor the Hotep - misogynist, sexist, homophobia, colorist, ethnocentric - was probably the best turn of events this show could tackle. @AshleyBlaine is a vision in this role; Joelle is a whole spin-off by her damn self. Funny, nuanced, beautiful, and brilliant #DWP pic.twitter.com/ALM1BpYxoH— Joseph Oteng (@drjotengii) May 5, 2018
I’m soooo glad they gave Joelle her own episode this time #DearWhitePeople— wut is dis hunny (@___soulidarity) May 5, 2018
When Joelle says “This world is not kind to the Kellys.” 🗣🗣🗣STORY OF MY LIFE!!!!! #DearWhitePeople— Joyce Philippe (@JoyceMeetsWorld) May 5, 2018
Making my way through S2 of Dear White People- my crush on DeRon Horton continues, but more importantly I'm thrilled we finally got a Joelle episode— Will Kellogg (@Will_Kellogg) May 5, 2018
I cannot get enough of @AshleyBlaine as Joelle. She’s killing this season of Dear White People!!!!— BOUGIE GRINCH (@Melanated_AF) May 5, 2018
I am sooooo here for @AshleyBlaine Joelle!!!!! I relate to her in so many ways! The necessary way you read hotep Trevor to filth. Thank you. Thank you for addressing the issue of under appreciated darker skinned Black women. So much life given in 30 minutes. #DearWhitePeople pic.twitter.com/iloHLk9Njb— Mia L. McDonald (@nowstarringmia) May 5, 2018
Joelle’s episode is on! My favorite #DearWhitePeople— Byshera Williams (@BysheraWilliams) May 4, 2018
Never related to something as much as I relate to the Joelle episode on Dear White People. Thank you @AshleyBlaine— Pikliz Prodigy 🌱✨ (@BeccaJ16_) May 4, 2018
My favorite episode is Joelle @AshleyBlaine your performance was spectacular! I am speechless I couldn’t help but scream yes queen!— Raquel Lopes (@christlover14) May 4, 2018
#DearWhitePeople2 Joelle...I am sitting here crying my eyes out because of your episode...the only thing I have to say is, same. In every part of your episode.— Destiny Renee (@LeSpicyQueen) May 5, 2018
Okayyyyyyy, I’m here for this Joelle episode. I didn’t know it was what I needed til I needed it. #DearWhitePeople— Brianna Moné (@CestLaBrianna) May 5, 2018
Y’all have ZERO right to make a show that I can cry, laugh, and relate to ALL IN ONE EPISODE. I hate y’all. Like not really, I fucking love y’all and Joelle is my experiences personified, but I HATE (fucking love) y’all. @DearWhitePeople pic.twitter.com/9k1nZHeZDe— openly black 🤷🏾♀️ (@kaykay_slider) May 5, 2018
It's Joelle's episode! Been waiting on this since season one.— Leon Langford (@MasonLLL) May 4, 2018
Also, jumping from your valedictorian speech into the negro national anthem is the blackest thing I've seen this year, right behind Black Panther. #DearWhitePeople
Joelle: IT'S ABOUT TIME SHE GOT HER OWN EPISODE!! Everything that came out of her mouth was just straight facts!! When she found out the guy was a hotep I lost it ☠️😂 I'm so glad she finally got together with Reggie!!overall she's THE most underated character for sure pic.twitter.com/A3jMxFYw9o— brandon 🌸 (@mightyb08) May 5, 2018
Joelle is my queen and I was so happy to see her get what she deserves this season yassss @AshleyBlaine— mahalex⎊ (@M__Belly) May 5, 2018
Sis please, I’ve binged it already. You snapped this season. Loved it and can’t wait to see what’s next. Your character still has that round the way black girl charm. The writers did you right and I’m here for it.— ♔ℓσusiε̅-Paynε̅♔ (@LouisePayneUK) May 5, 2018