The 2018 Golden Globes are already under fire after Entertainment Weekly reported that Jordan Peele’s hit film Get Out would be categorized as a comedy for the awards show. The Golden Globe Awards do not have a category for horror, which is the genre the film is typically classified as by critics and viewers.
Although the movie does employ satire, Peele has rejected the idea that it’s a comedy. In an interview with HipHopDX’s Editor-In-Chief Trent Clark, he made his position clear.
“I don’t think of it as a comedy,” Peele said earlier this year. “I think it has a satire to it. I took it very seriously as a thriller. I’m trying to scare people. There are a lot of laughs in it. But there’s no jokes in it.”
Many Twitter users, including Get Out star Lil Rel Howery, were bothered by the film being deemed a comedy.
But if I can be honest this is weird to me… Their is nothing funny about racism… Was it that unrealistic lol https://t.co/5xSXBmatfP
— Lil Rel Howery (@LilRel4) November 14, 2017
Miscategorizing Get Out as a comedy is a sorry attempt to deflate its impact as both a formative horror genre film and exacting critique of white supremacy. https://t.co/NAuNXPSCMJ
— Here’s looking at you, Squid 🦑💜 (@guttersquid) November 15, 2017
White privilege is watching “Get Out” and thinking it was funny. https://t.co/jZfbfEUDen
— blaqzenon (@Blaqzenon) November 15, 2017
“Get Out”, is a movie about:
• Systematic Racism
• Interracial Relationships
• Black Horror Movie Stereotypes
• White Privilege
… all in one.
Definitely not a comedy.
— NUFF (@nuffsaidNY) November 15, 2017
The movie “Get Out” was a horror to blacks but a comedy to white people. Being oppressed is clearly a joke to them lol
— EverybodyHatesBdell (@Bdell1014) November 15, 2017
THE FACT THAT WHITE PEOPLE THINK GET OUT WAS A COMEDY IS EVEN SCARIER pic.twitter.com/saV29PiKCM
— Lil Bougie Flirt (@JustKabrii) November 15, 2017
You understand the only way whiteness can process Get Out is to make light of it and pretend it was in jest. To award the film for being anything other than comedy would be to self-analyze and admit to the accuracy of it all.
— Francisco-Luis White (@FranciscoLWhite) November 15, 2017
While outrage was widespread, some people noted how the categorization was a smart way to earn Get Out more nominations. Since it has a satirical element, putting it in the less contentious comedy field could allow for more recognition as opposed being in the highly competitive drama category.
Get Out has grossed $253 million worldwide despite being made on just a $4.5 million budget. The massive success enabled Peele to become the first black writer-director with $100-million film debut and earned the highest-grossing feature debut for a writer/director of an original screenplay.
It’s a smart in-house workaround to get a funny movie into prestige contention. Had they *not* done so, you’d say Get Out was disrespected by exclusion. https://t.co/4omdUW5v7j
— Craig Bro Dude (@CraigSJ) November 15, 2017
there’s no category for horror. drama is a stacked category & Get Out does have funny moments. so they went for a comedy nomination
— Franchesca Ramsey (@chescaleigh) November 15, 2017
you mean to tell me a movie that generated constant memes on social media of lil rel howery who actually had comedic timing with his lines in get out is categorized as a comedy in the golden globes??? im so disgusted right now. pic.twitter.com/HXaCDcbreb
— Ahmed/HabibiTheBrainHeenan (@big_business_) November 15, 2017
Peele, a comedy veteran who was a MADtv cast member and the co-creator of Comedy Central’s popular sketch show Key & Peele, appeared to be far less bothered by the whole situation than some of his film’s fans.
“Get Out is a documentary,” he joked on Twitter.
‘Get Out’ is a documentary.
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) November 15, 2017