The buzz and controversy of “Get Out” is deafening, but the few–too few–criticisms the movie appears to be getting is that it’s anti-white or racist towards white people.
I don’t really believe that, and there’s little in this movie that hasn’t been in “Machete” or Blaxploitation films, but the film is anti-interracial couples and in that way white racists will probably love this movie. Especially, since the specific critique of this film is white liberals who love Obama or brag about how racially enlightened they are, so that openly-black-hating racists can delight in the “hypocrisy” of social media liberals posting on how racist Trump is.
Now I already know what detractors will say: “But Jordan Peele has a white wife you moron!”
Yes, Jordan Peele’s mother is white. And his wife (comedian Chelsea Peretti, too often called “that white girl” in arguments I’ve had about this movie) is white. And his comedy partner Keegan Michael Key has a white mother and a white wife. And that may seem like the perfect rebuttal to any criticism this film gets for a singularly awful, stereotype-feuled portrayal of white women/black men relationships.
But absolutely nothing on-screen would make you believe the director was remotely sympathetic to ww/bm couples or doesn’t believe the stereotypes about them.
So why would he make a movie like this? A movie where old white people are hijacking the bodies of black people so they can live forever. [Combining elements from “The Skeleton Key” and old zombie movies.] A movie where the “honey trap” to ensnare black men (and one woman) into a living hell of subservience or “acting white” is a devilish “white girl” (played by picture-frame beautiful Alison Williams as the white princess of black men’s dreams). A movie where the nefarious “white girl” and her family are socially conditioning and even hypnotizing black men by pretending to make common-cause with them. A movie where the lead character has a conspiracy-prone best friend who turns out to be right, seemingly validating any ignorant opinion a message board troll has ever had towards interracial couples.
Yes, I know Peele has said he based this film off of anxiety he faced towards meeting Peretti’s father, but Chelsea has said in her stand-up that her dad’s second wife was black, and his current wife is Indian. His own personal history seems to fly in the face of stereotypes black men/white women couples face, and his doom and gloom take is based more off cultural stereotypes.
So why make a movie that could only make things harder for black men/white women couples? A type of couple you would think he’s pretty invested in…
I think Jordan Peele is very, very strange–as evidenced by him repeatedly referred to as Key and Peele’s “darker half” and the bizarre, macabre twists a lot of latter-season Key and Peele sketches took–and is either subtly trolling people to get them to reveal their real feelings towards Interracial couples (as segregationist-minded black people and so-called white liberals on social media have already done) or is working out the type of sadomasochistic fantasy that fuels 1000s of “watch a stranger fuck my wife” porno sites. Either that or he’s just putting career above what he actually believes since he knows it’s hard to get films with positive portrayals of interracial couples made or he’s just tired of black women giving him shit for liking white women, and he thinks this movie will get them to leave him alone by showing he’s “woke.”
What I don’t believe for a second is that he wasn’t aware of how this movie positively reinforces stereotypes black men/white women couples face–“black men who date white women are less black,” “white families will never really accept you,” “white women are literally stealing black men.”
He clearly has heard these stereotypes repeatedly and decided to base an entire film off putting a white brain in a black guy’s body as an allegory for the “brainwashing” the minority half of interracial couples receives–much to the delight of people openly hostile to interracial couples.
You think this stuff doesn’t matter? “It’s only a movie.” Then how come so many (most of them black) on social media are using it as an excuse to bash interracial couples? How come it’s been proven countless times that media portayals affect the way people feel about real-life couples? [Like media portrayals of LGBT characters from “Will and Grace” to “Modern Family” affecting gay marriage, and likewise “Moonlight” was celebrated as pushing back against black homophobia.] And how come the same people saying that are saying this film is anti-racist and in some way positive for black people in real life?
Either media portrayals don’t matter at all, and liberals have wasted their lives on #Oscarssowhite or white-washing of Asian characters or wondering why Disney movies have no gay characters or arguing over “The Matrix” role in school shootings or negative portrayals of black people. Or they definitely matter–as literally every study ever done on this has revealed–and interracial couples are just openly demonized in TV/Film in a way no other group is, and that’s largely because those other groups are so much more vocal. It’s time to finally start pushing back, and that includes being confrontational with those promoting stereotypes. Because the things I saw written on Twitter this weekend regarding interracial couples wouldn’t be tolerated for literally any other type of relationship.