Everyone’s favorite dinosaur…or least favorite dinosaur (depending on who you ask), Barney is the subject of a new limited series, I Love You, You Hate Me. The limited series will premiere on Peacock, Oct 12th.
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Tommy Avallone is directing the doc series which chronicling the rise and fall of Barney and “the Dinosaur’s furious backlash — and what it says about the human need to hate. From Barney-bashing to frat parties to homicidal video games, something in American society broke into a million pieces, and it’s never been put together again… or is this just who we were all along?”
“Barney came out on television when I was just 10 years old, and I admittedly didn’t understand him,” director Avallone said in a statement. “As a teenager, for one of my birthdays I asked my aunt to make me a Barney costume, so my friends and I could beat him up on camera. Several years later, creating this docu-series, it feels good to be on the other side and no longer a Barney hater. Now having children of my own, I understand all the love that went into making the purple dinosaur.”
Since the premiere of Barney & Friends in 1992, the character, created by Sheryl Leach, became a hit. However while the core message of the immensely popular “Barney and Friends” kids show was to spread love and kindness to one another, I Love You, You Hate Me reveals how quickly the world turned against the friendly dinosaur and reject its values of inclusion and respect.
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The docu-series features Bill Nye the Science Guy, NBC’s Al Roker, as well as Bob West, a Barney performer who stepped into costume for the happy purple dinosaur. West shared that death threats were made against his entire family. “They were violent and explicit, death and dismemberment of my family,” he says in the trailer. “They were gonna come and find me, and they were going to kill me.”
Rob Eric, Joel Chiodi, David Collins, Michael Williams, Tommy Avallone are executive producing. As well as Raymond Esposito, Wendy Greene and Amy Goodman Kass. Trent Johnson also serves as a producer.
Tune in to the two-part docu series on Barney, I Love You, You Hate Me, on Oct 12th on Peacock.