To some people, Get Out was nothing more than a stylish horror film from a surprising source: funnyman Jordan Peele, who has risen to fame as a comedian, especially on Mad TV and later on the Key & Peele sketch show. However, it wasn’t hard for most viewers to see the obvious satirical racial themes in the movie. Really, you would have to be half-blind or completely ignorant to miss them.
Ignoring the “black guy always dies in horror films” trope, Peele crafts a terrifying story of how a bunch of wealthy white folks secretly auction off young black men in order to perform some sort of mind transplant surgery, giving them a chance to be younger, cooler, hotter, better at sports (or sex), or simply whatever non-racial talent exists in their poor victim. In the case of Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) in Get Out, he is “bought” for his incredible eye for photography.
The show smartly builds the racial tension in early scenes, including Chris making sure that his girlfriend Rose has told her family that she’s dating a black man, and a frustrating encounter with a local police officer that sheds light on the realities of being black in America. Later, positive references to Barack Obama from white characters that are supposed seem welcoming come across as patronizing. Given the current social and political climate of the world, Get Outdishes out the critiquing satire in ways that remind us we still have a long way to go when it comes in inclusiveness.