New Film Takes Aim at Liberal Elites — Horrors!
Director of 'Get Out' chose to satirize the very people Hollywood usually ignores
Jordan Peele, one half of the comedy team Key & Peele, is sure to shock many with his comments about his directorial debut feature, “Get Out.”
After screening the horror flick at Sundance, he told an audience: “It was very important to me for this not to be about a black guy going to the South and going to this red state, where the presumption for a lot of people is ‘everybody’s racist there.’ This was meant to take a stab at the liberal elite that tends to believe, ‘We’re above these things.'”
“This was meant to take a stab at the liberal elite that tends to believe, ‘We’re above these things.'”
The thriller is about a young black man, Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), who meets the wealthy liberal parents of his white girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams). Rose’s parents and their neighborhood also happen to be carrying out an evil plan to imprison their well-heeled suburb’s few black residents.
Reviews suggest the film (with a release date of Feb. 24) is loaded with Obama references and potshots at liberals with a penchant for posturing.
Peele reportedly added after the midnight screening at Sundance: “All of a sudden [in 2008], the country was kind of focused on black civil rights and women’s civil rights movements and where they intersect, and there was kind of this question of, ‘Who deserves to be president more? Who’s waited long enough?’ Which is an absurd thing — that civil rights are even divided.”
The actor/director doesn’t just leave it at that, either. He lets his film do a lot of the talking. He developed a plot that exposes what he calls the “post-racial lie” — a lie that Peele admitted doesn’t “flow from red states.”
One example of this “post-racial lie” comes via Rose’s neurosurgeon father (Bradley Whitford), who constantly calls Chris “my man,” admits that he would have voted for Obama for a third term, said his father lost at the Olympics to Jesse Owens — and has an affinity for the Nazis.
In other words, the character is trying so hard to make up for the sins of his father’s past it doesn’t even dawn on him that his race-fueled fandom is a form of racism itself.
Hollywood films love the stereotype of the racist southerner and the Republican red states unfriendly to anybody not like them. It's a lazy storytelling cliche — one that liberal storytellers love — that Peele is bucking with his new flick. In an age in which the media and the Hollywood elite do their best to shame a country for not voting with them and for supporting President Trump in any way, it's refreshing to see Peele taking on a group Hollywood has so often ignored: the white "liberal elite."
Among the sold-out midnight crowd was one of those very tweeting-frenzied liberal elite comedians, Patton Oswalt. But, according to the LA Times, he stood up during the post-screening Q&A to tell Peele that the film, produced by "The Purge" maestro Jason Blum, was brilliant.
Also reportedly spotted in the late-night audience was former first daughter Malia Obama — whose trip to Sundance readied her for an upcoming internship with film producer Harvey Weinstein.