‘Get Out’ to compete as a comedy at the Golden Globes


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The infamous image from the film “Get Out.” Controversy stirred after the movie was nominated for Best Comedy or Musical.

by Isis Kirkland, Twitter Manager

“Get Out” is a satirical thriller that came out early 2017. It quickly became a favorite amongst audiences, appearing all over social media and is cleaning up at the box office.

The movie, directed by Jordan Peele, is currently in the running to be nominated for Best Comedy or Musical in the 2018 Golden Globes, instead of Best Drama.

I don’t think “Get Out” should have have been nominated for either Best Comedy or Best Musical. While it did have funny moments, calling it a comedy is a stretch. As far as the Best Musical nomination goes – unless my memory is escaping me, there was not one scene where all of the characters broke out into song and dance. The film was definitely better suited for Best Drama.

Many fans of “Get Out” expressed their dissatisfaction with how the film was being labeled through Twitter.

Actor Milton “Lil Rel” Howery, who played the character Rod in the film, shared the fans’ confusion. He tweeted, “But if I can be honest this is weird to me… There is nothing funny about racism… Was it that unrealistic lol” and “But I will say this, Jordan Peele wrote a masterpiece that has horror, drama, suspense, and comedy in it…And it all was good so hey maybe it just fits in a bunch of categories!!! This is my first go around so hey lol…”

It could very well be the fact that “Get Out” was so well rounded that it fit in a variety of categories. However, I think that the grouping of “Get Out” has something to do with the dated categories of the Golden Globes.

The Golden Globes has only three different classifications for television shows and films: comedy, musical, or drama. The Golden Globes is supposed to be an important award ceremony that holds so much merit, yet they could only think of three categories. I guess if the film or tv show doesn’t make you laugh, cry, sing or dance, its artistic integrity is questionable.

“When I originally heard the idea of placing it in the comedy category it didn’t register to me as an issue. I missed it. There’s no category for social thriller. So what? I moved on,” Peele said in a statement to Deadline.

Peele was not worried about where the film landed nominations wise, but he was concerned with how the films’ contents landed in the hearts of viewers.

“The reason for the visceral response to this movie being called a comedy is that we are still living in a time in which African American cries for justice aren’t being taken seriously. It’s important to acknowledge that though there are funny moments, the systemic racism that the movie is about is very real,” Peele said, “More than anything, it shows me that film can be a force for change. At the end of the day, call “Get Out” horror, comedy, drama, action or documentary, I don’t care. Whatever you call it, just know it’s our truth.”