I Love You You Hate Me Trailer: As a child of the ’90s, I can’t even begin to describe the profound effect Barney the Dinosaur had on my own upbringing and that of subsequent generations of kids. The big purple singing dinosaur became an instant hit with preschoolers and primary schoolers thanks to his concealed educational lessons about feelings, friendship, and compassion, as well as the fundamentals of learning and literacy. Little kids throughout the world saw the dinosaur craze with awe, as he was a champion of children’s entertainment on par with Big Bird and Elmo from “Sesame Street.”
Furthermore, it did not take long for the show’s popularity to transform Barney into a target for individuals who wanted to see him eliminated, and this ushered in a period in which conspiracy theories and violent subversions of the show’s characters were commonplace. The new Peacock docuseries “I Love You You Hate Me” intends to investigate how an American icon who started out as a beacon of empathy grew to be reviled by so many people.
The new series, directed by Tommy Avallone (“I Am Santa Claus,” “The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man”), features interviews with various cast and creative members from “Barney & Friends” and “Barney & The Backyard Gang,” as well as those who can provide expertise on just how the most lovable anthropomorphic dinosaur became the central focus of the ire and hatred of so many.
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It was revealed in the film’s official press release that filmmaker Tommy Avallone had changed his mind regarding Barney after becoming a parent. He said, “When Barney first appeared on television, I was just 10 years old, and I confess that I didn’t understand him.” “For my birthday when I was a teenager, I begged my aunt to sew me a Barney costume so that my pals and I could humiliate him on video.” The vicious hostility hurled at Barney was widespread, and I vividly recall seeing kids break up Barney stuffed animals on the playground because they were “a baby’s toy,” an attitude that was plainly inherited from their parents.
Avallone remarked, “It feels fantastic to be on the other side and no longer a Barney hater after working on this docuseries for many years.” How people turned on the figure whose only fault was teaching youngsters to love their fellow humans has had a lasting influence on those who worked on the series and on American society as a whole, and that is what this documentary series explores.
The Peacock Network will screen “I Love You You Hate Me” on October 12, 2022.