Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” Reeks Of ‘Unconscious, White Liberal Racism’

Jordan Peele has the intention to make thrillers that are socially based whilst also being creepy. The actor decided to tackle social problems such as race and culture with his first movie Get Out, a horror, that will be released in theaters on Friday.


He is aiming for commentary of a cultural nature like that of George Romero’s Dead Series or Rosemary’s Baby. The most striking feature of this horror is that instead of horrible monsters or supernatural beings the evil characters in the film are white people. Peele laughed while saying: “I definitely take a devilish glee in putting something that’s not politically correct into the mainstream.”

Peele along with his old associate, Keegan-Michael Key, have in the past done regular sketches with social issues that were relevant at the time, on their show Key & Peele that was featured on Comedy Central. However, Peele has decided to take this to a whole other level with his horror Get Out.

In the film a photographer of an African-American descent, Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) attends, reluctantly, a family gathering of his white girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) that is held at their homestead. He becomes paranoid when he notices the other black people around him acting strangely, only to find out the real scary reason why he was meant to visit.

Initially, the idea was to create a film exploring “the fears of being an outsider,” Peele said but then it dawned on him to make it about race. Peele said, “It just seemed to be a very taboo piece of the discussion to talk about something so horrific as racism in any type of genre other than a film about slavery or something.”

Daniel Kaluuya explained that he understand that it was a ‘timely subject’ saying “there’s consistently been racism. Black people have been feeling it for centuries. Jordan’s now in a position and of a skill set to execute this particular genre and to talk about probably the most horrifying thing in human society.”

Peele has been married to a white comedian, Chelsea Peretti, since last year April and says that he started writing the horror long before the met and that it is just “the experience of being black in this country.” Of course, it is resonating very well with the critics having already 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Of course, what would a horror movie be without the supernatural aspects, and in Getting Out there is the “Sunken Place” that fulfills the supernatural role. It is theoretically a vacuum where Chris’ consciousness is stolen and played in front of him. He is forced to watch his life unfold without being able to do anything.

Peele explains this part of the film as being a metaphor for “the suspended animation of how we look at race in America”, and is symbolic in showing how African-American representation is scarce throughout the genre. “We’re a loyal horror movie audience, but we’re relegated to the dark theater to scream at the protagonist: ‘Get out of the house! Call the cops! Do the smart thing!’ ”

Williams (Rose in the film) explains that the film has the potential “to give white audiences or audience members who’ve never experienced any of this firsthand an opportunity to be with a protagonist who’s black and going through it. That in and of itself to me was kind of a radical notion, even though it shouldn’t be at this point.”

With the social political state of the world at the moment, Peele is feeling very inspired explaining that he has another four ideas for thrillers also with social issue underlining them. Saying that he will direct and write erratically from 2018. As an expectant father, he will have a lot to do. Peele explained: “I feel a greater sense of duty than I ever have. Art, genre and comedy are important pieces of the conversation and can often incite cathartic moments for all of us.”

Williams shares Peele’s sentiment saying: “His agents are going to be very busy. What I love about Jordan is he’s not going to do anything unless he feels like it’s vital and needs to be done.”