‘Get Out’ Movie Focuses on Black American Struggles
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Racism is very prevalent in society today and although some believe discrimination is dead, Jordan Peele’s controversial comedy and horror film “Get Out” shows that it is far from over. The hit movie that has achieved more than 30 million dollars in ticket sales has taken over social media. Many people are discussing how this movie has addressed problems black America faces like, microaggressions, stereotypes and casual liberal racism.
The movie addresses microaggressions, which is a subtle discrimination against minorities. When the main character Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) is riding with his caucasian girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) to her parents’ house for the weekend, they get in a car accident. They decide to call the police who did not really help their situation at all. In fact, he insisted on seeing Chris’s license even though Rose was the one driving. It’s obvious that if Chris was not African American then the cop would not ask for his I.D. because the cop saw that Rose was the one driving the car.
The movie addresses stereotypes as well, which is an idea that most people associate with a group of people. When Rose’s parents hold their annual dinner, the white guests there take a very weird interest in Chris. Even though Chris is not that outgoing, a guest states that he is cool because, “having a darker skin tone is in.” Rose’s brother even says he admires Chris’s “genetic makeup” because it would make him a “beast” at any sport. This is a fetishizing stereotype that is constantly put on black men, especially athletes.
This movie also addresses casual liberal racism. When most people think of racism, they probably think of some redneck holding a confederate flag and wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat. But really, there are elite liberals who partake in bigotry also. In the film the parents are constantly stating how much they like Tiger Woods and how “they would’ve voted for Obama a third term.” These statements are cringe worthy because while trying to state reasons that they aren’t racist, they’re actually demonstrating casual racism which is making off-handed jokes or comments about someone’s race.