Netflix recently dropped the trailer for a new original romantic comedy, Tall Girl, and Twitter users have been less-than-enthusiastic so far with their response. The film, directed by Nzingha Stewart with a screenplay by Sam Wolfson, centers around one basic premise: High schooler Jodi Kreyman (Dance Mom‘s Ava Michelle) is very tall, and that sucks. “You know that really tall girl that you go to school with? Well, that’s me,” Michelle says in voiceover in trailer. “Sixteen years old, six-foot-one-and-half.”
We see that Jodi is teased relentlessly for being tall. A mean girl calls her Sasquatch and a cute guy flees from her when she reveals her true height. This was not well-received by folks on Twitter, who found the concept of “tall discrimination” to be just a tad ridiculous in the face of the very real, very destructive systematic racial discrimination faced by people of color every day. “I can’t believe Netflix decided tall white girls are a minority that need representation ASAP,” tweeted one user. “Every time I see this it kills me that the young, Black girl with the colorful box braids is going so hard for a white cis woman whose hardship is that she’s tall,” said another.
As these things tend to go, the trailer became something of a Twitter meme over the holiday weekend, with everyone eager to get out their very funny Tall Girl jokes. But on Monday, Kyle Alex Brett, a legal counsel for independent films at Netflix, pushed back.