Get Out has received critical acclaim on Rotten Tomatoes, with a rare 100% rating(to date). One critic has said ‘Get Out’ feels fresh and sharp in a way that studio horror movies almost never do. It is both unsettling and hysterical, often in the same moment, and it is totally unafraid to call people on their racist bullshit’.
So, it would seem the ‘fear‘ some white people had that Get out was ‘racist‘ has been quashed by the praise of their kinfolk( Ye olde word).
In truth, the reaction to Get Out, Luke Cage, Black Lives Matter and anything that represents Black fears, anxieties or wishes for equality is often hit with a mixture of reactions; from supportive, racist, ambivalence to apathy. Thus, understanding the diversity of opinion and reaction will make a person understand the need for discussion, dialogue and films like the above mentioned.
When the trailer for Jordan Peele’s Get Out was released it not only broke the internet but also broke my own blog. The traffic to my post caused my site to crash! It still sits as the no1 most read post on my new blog site (my old blog had a 2.2million viewed post). However, much of this viewership and controversy was based on Peele’s Get Out seemingly tackling Black fear in a White world. This fear was surmised with this statement from the trailer:
If there is too many white people I get nervous– Get Out
However, it was this very statement that some white commentators on my article had the most anger and fear towards. One comment read:
‘when i see a bunch of white people together i get nervous” i dont exactly remember the quoute word for word but suffice it to say if a white guy made the same remark about black people he would be lucky to make it through the day with all his limbs attached… if it would sound racist coming from a white guy its racist. then again my opinion doesnt matter to you because im mostly white id wager. black america has become like van hellsing bitten by the werewolf they have become everything they have fought against yet they refuse to see it. malcom x would be proud but martin luther king would shake his head in shame…’ Kyle Brown
In a previous article, I have explained just how much the misinformation about Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy is used to browbeat Black people into racial silence. Yet, this comment is indicative of the Alt- right, conservative and/or simply unaware commentators, speakers and even more dangerous leaders, that are growing in number since Black people began to once again speak out, satirise and protest against the inequalities they face. Therefore, if people actually take the time to read or watch the source of their outrage they will better understand society, history and themselves.
I would say most of the misunderstanding of this very feeling of anxiety and ‘nervousness’ that Black people sometimes hold, is based on a lack of perspective and awareness of history. However, in the very article Kyle is commenting on, it clearly states where these fears have come from.
Like it or not, fear is a natural human reaction. It is the job of society and oneself, to try to address and alleviate those fears. But a person must be open to hear people’s fears and work with them to combat them. Thus, anyone not willing to understand where Black anxiety comes from and the history behind it, will most likely be fearful of Black empowerment, free speech after years of fearful speech and the Black unapologetic fight against the sources, agents and forces of their anxiety. There is no better explanation of this, than the one put forward by James Baldwin
This year there has been many pivotal stories about black history and experiences. Instead of being fearful, people should go out and watch them to better understand the world their fellow humans live in and sometimes have anxiety living in.
With that said, here are a selection of the reviews so far:
Scott Mendelson, Forbes:
“Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ is an unmitigated triumph of the form. It’s a primal campfire story born of very real and all-too-plausible fears, and it very much as its fingers on the pulse of our current insane zeitgeist. Peele has taken to calling it a ‘social thriller’ in recent press rounds, and that’s as good a description as any. It uses the obvious discomfort built around its premise to create tension and uneasy suspense even before we find out if there is any real danger. It is a glorious mix of social commentary, gallows humor and bruised-forearm chills. Dr. Fredric Wertham would have hated it. You’ll love it.”
Richard Brody, New Yorker:
“Peele’s perfectly tuned cast and deft camera work unleash his uproarious humor along with his political fury; with his first film, he’s already an American Buñuel.”
Brian Tallerico, Roger Ebert:
“With the ambitious and challenging ‘Get Out,’ which premiered in a secret screening at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Jordan Peele reveals that we may someday consider directing the greatest talent of this fascinating actor and writer. We knew from his days on ‘Key & Peele’ and in feature comedies that he was a multiple threat, but his directorial debut is a complex, accomplished genre hybrid that should alter his business card. ‘Get Out’ feels fresh and sharp in a way that studio horror movies almost never do. It is both unsettling and hysterical, often in the same moment, and it is totally unafraid to call people on their racist bullshit. When he introduced the film in Park City, he revealed that it started with an attempt to write a movie he hadn’t seen before. We need more directors willing to take risks with films like ‘Get Out.’”
Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice:
“Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ is the most trenchant studio release in years, a slow-building, often hilarious horror thriller built upon a dead-serious idea: that a black man walking alone through white suburbs is in as much danger as any slasher-flick teenager.”
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