Director Jordan Peele has responded to his horror film Get Out being categorized as a comedy by the Golden Globes. Formerly best-known as one of half of the comedy duo Key & Peele, the director arrived this year as an auteur with his thriller about a black man who discovers the terrifying truth about rich, liberal suburban white people while visiting his girlfriend’s parents.
Get Out struck a definite chord with moviegoers, grossing $175 million and launching Jordan Peele as a name director. Genre films seldom get considered for major awards, but Get Out is bucking that trend by garnering buzz ahead of the Golden Globes and Oscars. On Tuesday, it was revealed that the Golden Globes would consider Get Out for its Musical/Comedy categories rather than Drama, a move that seemed logical to those who view Get Out as satire, but completely ridiculous to viewers who perceive the movie as telling deadly-serious truths about racism.
In a tweet, Jordan Peele himself made fun of the Golden Globes’ decision to place Get Out in the Musical/Comedy categories instead of Drama. Peele’s followers were quick to follow his lead in bashing the Golden Globes for what they perceive as a tone-deaf decision:
‘Get Out’ is a documentary.— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) November 15, 2017
Though Jordan Peele’s comedic instincts are clearly on display at times in Get Out, the director has made it plain that the film’s overall intention is not the least bit light-hearted. In interviews, Peele has discussed how the movie tackles the “exotification and the love of the black body and culture” which he views as a form of racism just as twisted as outright violence. As the movie’s plot unfolds, lead character Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) realizes that his girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) and her seemingly friendly parents are more than just garden-variety oblivious white people, but are in fact insidious racist monsters who belong to a cult that is trying to literally steal the life-essence of black people and reduce them to a zombiefied state, thereby enslaving them.
By emphasizing the movie’s comedic elements in considering how to categorize it, the Golden Globes seemingly are dismissing the film’s much darker underlying threads and serious messages. This is not the first time the Golden Globes have been taken to task for seeming to get comedy and drama mixed up. In 2015, the Globes allowed The Martian (not a comedy in most people’s eyes) to compete in the Musical/Comedy categories, and the film went on to win Best Picture and Best Actor for Matt Damon. The categorization process obviously is not always clear-cut, though in the case of Get Out, many would argue it should not be the least bit confusing.
Jordan Peele has categorized his own film not as comedy or horror but as a “social thriller,” saying in the future he wants to tackle other “social monsters” like the ones depicted in Get Out. Despite now being in a position to pursue more traditional tentpole fare if he so-desires, Peele is consciously veering down a road that will afford him more creative freedom, and more opportunity to dissect the evils – some hidden, some not-so-hidden — that prevail throughout American society.
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