I Love You, You Hate Me Trailer | The Story Behind The Hatred of Barney The Dinosaur

Peacock has a new documentary being released on October 12, titled I Love You, You Hate Me. Depending on your age you may have been exposed to the love and affection of one beloved big purple dinosaur, Barney. But don’t forget he is only from our imagination. This series looks at the backlash from adults all over a program that was meant to entertain and educate children. A trailer for the series has been released by Peacock that you can check out down below!

Here is the trailer for I Love You, You Hate Me

The trailer for I Love You, You Hate Me makes me think of the classic line, “this is why we can’t have nice things”. I’ve always understood growing out of liking Barney, but never to the extent that some of these people went. I wonder if it has to do with feeling tougher as if you’re above the messaging that was being delivered by a guy in a purple dinosaur outfit.

“I Love You, You Hate Me unpacks how a children’s character who stood for inclusion, understanding, and kindness birthed a movement of anger and criticism that threatened the show, its creators, and their futures. As it spotlights the beginnings of modern-day hate culture, this documentary traces the creation of the character and how it took a toll on the people closest to it, examining the surprising and lingering impact the ‘Big Purple Dinosaur’ left on American society.” Said Joel Chiodi, Head of Documentaries and SVP of strategic Development at Scout Productions.

I Love You, You Hate Me


“Barney came out on television when I was just 10 years old, and I admittedly didn’t understand him. 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.” Said director Tommy Avallone.

Here is the synopsis for I Love You, You Hate Me

I Love You, You Hate Me is a limited doc series. Chronicling the rise and fall of Barney 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?  

The two-part limited documentary will be released on October 12 exclusively on Peacock.

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