Golden Globes ignores horror of racism by categorizing ‘Get Out’ as a comedy

Daniel Kaluuya stars in ‘Get Out’ (Photo credit: Universal Pictures)

The Golden Globes believes that racism is funny. The annual award ceremony announced submissions and decided to categorize Jordan Peele’s racially-charged thriller Get Out as a comedy.

While actor Lil Rel brings a bit of comic relief to the film, Get Out is a psychological thriller/horror that serves as an allegory of how Blacks are treated by liberal Whites in majority White spaces. The same Whites who will vote for Obama and listen to rap music will find ways to use subtle racism and microaggression against Blacks.

The genius of Get Out is that racism isn’t viewed in terms of bigots who use the N-word and seek to openly oppress Black people. It reveals how racism is more horrific when it comes in subtle forms.

Examples of subtle racism and microaggression include asking a Black woman to touch her natural hair, telling a Black person that they don’t act “Black,” excluding Blacks from social groups at school or work, ignoring the suggestions or thoughts of Black colleagues, pointing out physical features and stereotypes of Blacks, and denying Blacks opportunities while making excuses for the decisions.

In turn, Blacks who exist in all-White or predominantly White spaces face constant forms of subtle racism and micro-aggression until they conform. In exchange for finally being accepted in majority White spaces, Blacks are forced to disregard their heritage while eschewing their identity.

But the committee at the Golden Globes failed to see any of this when viewing Get Out. White privilege is the act of seeing racism in your face and somehow believing that it’s unrealistic or funny. The people at the Golden Globes missed the entire point.

Peele responded to Golden Globes’ slight by tweeting, “Get Out is a documentary.”

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

Comments

  • nosey rosy
    November 15, 2017

    are you suppressed THE MOVIE GHOST had funny parts but it still one under its merit and statue, it was not labeled a comedy cause it poked fun of blacks not whites . im sorry but the AWARD COMMITTIES HAS BEEN RACIST .. since GONE WITH THE WIND . ok ,no surprise here , and we either make them change it or move on ,, on the REAL .the ladies pointed out that only 77% whites even have black friends i think its less then that , so when your introducting black view to whites they are like they dont care that dont apply to us .. they act like its not funny the way they behave and it is , if a black man bring a white chick home , he might as well be dead , and if a white chick bring a black man home she is mentally ill to them . . lol for real
    they dont see that as normal love .. our mixed kids are viewed as little mistakes . and we dont even feel comfortable in a restaurant with more whites then blacks still cause they do get quiet when we enter the room they just didnt think they would all do it at the first time its so normal for them they dont even hear the silence when they do it lol .. crazy so we have to help them displell these myths about us

  • Mason Youngblood
    November 15, 2017

    …another example of subtle racism

  • KBJr.
    November 16, 2017

    These things are done for political/strategic reasons. Typically, the comedy/musical category at the Globes is less competitive, so the STUDIO will push to place their “tweener” film (something that has some funny elements but may not be a broad comedy) into the comedy category for a better shot at a nomination and win. For example, last year’s “20th Century Women” (not a comedy) or “Birdman” from a few years ago (not a comedy) or (a really egregious example) “Lost in Translation” (truly not a comedy). Just a few years ago, the Globes were derided for accepting “The Martian” as a comedy, too.

    I mention all of this because it doesn’t really serve the film (“Get Out”) to denounce this decision as proof of the Globes’ “missing the point” of the film. If the goal is for “Get Out” to receive as many Oscar nominations as possible, it needs momentum from the critics, the guilds, and the Globes. The more nominations it gets at the Globes, the better. Attempting to shoe-horn the film into the crowded drama categories (to prove a point) is really just undermining its potential.

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