Universal Pictures submitted the film Get Out to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) for review for a Golden Globe. The HFPA (a largely white group of ~90 journalists and media folks) sent the following messages by classifying the movie Get Out under 'comedy':
"I didn't watch the movie."
"You're a comedian, right Jordan? Stay in your lane."
"Black trauma is funny."
"I didn't know how to react, so I laughed."
"I don't want this movie to be taken seriously."
"This movie is worth ridicule."
"IDK, IDC, whatevs."
Let's close with a couple of quotes from Peele on this:
“The problem is, it’s not a movie that can really be put into a genre box...Originally, I set out to make a horror movie. I ended up showing it to people and hearing, you know, it doesn’t even feel like horror. It’s in this thriller world. So it was a social thriller.”
“What the movie is about is not funny...I’ve had many black people come up to me and say, ‘man, this is the movie we’ve been talking about for a while and you did it.’ That’s a very powerful thing. For that to be put in a smaller box than it deserves is where the controversy comes from.”
(And My Personal Favorite)
“This is all gravy to me, that people are still talking about it...The major point to identify here is that we don’t want our truth trivialized. The label of comedy is often a trivial thing. The real question is, what are you laughing at? Are you laughing at the horror, the suffering? Are you disregarding what’s real about this project? That’s why I said, yeah — it’s a documentary.”
For more information about the members of the HFPA, check out this website: https://www.vulture.com/2015/01/who-exactly-picks-the-golden-globes-winners.html