- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 20, 2016

MTV News is facing backlash for a video released Monday that offers New Year’s resolutions for “white guys” who apparently need to clean up their acts in 2017.

The video, titled “2017 Resolutions for White Guys,” features several young, nonwhite actors and at least one “fellow white guy” who basically paint white men as racist, clueless and privileged.

“First off, try to recognize that America was never great for anyone who wasn’t a white guy,” a woman says in the video.

“Can we all just agree that Black Lives Matter isn’t the opposite of all lives matter? Black lives just matter. There’s no need to overcomplicate it,” another woman says.

“Also, Blue Lives Matter isn’t a thing,” the white guy adds.

“Learn what mansplaining is and then stop doing it,” a woman says.

“We all love Beyonce and yeah, she’s black, so of course she cares about black issues. I’m talking to you, Fox News,” a man says.

“Feel free to take Kanye West, though. You guys can have him,” a woman adds.

“You know what you did, Kanye,” the man replies.

The dig was clearly in reference to Mr. West’s recent meeting with Donald Trump in New York and the rapper’s praise of the president-elect.

One actor says in the video that white men can have black friends and still be racist.

“Nobody who has black friends says that they have black friends,” a man says

The actors go on to say that “nobody’s perfect,” but white men “can do better.”

“Please, ‘cause 2016 was bad. 2017 can’t be worse than this, all right? Cause this is bad,” a man says.

The video, released late Monday afternoon on Twitter, has been retweeted more than 4,000 times and liked nearly 9,000 times. Comments on the video appeared to be largely critical, with some Twitter users accusing MTV News of casual racism and the targeting of white men.

“Was just thinking that what this country really needs is more race-based hectoring!” wrote The Weekly Standard’s Mark Hemingway.

“MTV comes through with the first Trump 2020 ad,” wrote The New York Post’s Seth Mandel.

“This is a car crash. Please tell me you didn’t just chastise an entire group of people based on their color and gender?? Dear god,” wrote one Twitter user.

“If your goal was to change minds, take this video down, because you are doing the opposite of that,” wrote Vlogbrothers founder Hank Green. 

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