Jordan Peele, 2017
Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) meets the parents.
Chris Washington is so in love with Rose Armitage (Allison Williams) that he’s ready to meet with his in-laws, even though his friend Rod Williams (Lil Rel Howery) told him not to. A black man with a white girl, that’s trouble!
Dean (Bradley Whitford) and Missy (Catherine Keener) Armitage are acting weird. Chris stays cool but he’s definitely not at ease. He doesn’t like that the maid is black in this white house. He doesn’t like the way Rose’s brother Jeremy (Caleb Landry Jones) is looking at him either. He doesn’t like the insinuations.
If I could, I would have voted for Obama for a third term.
He certainly didn’t like to be hypnotized by Missy.
The next day, Dean and Missy are throwing a party with a few VIPs who participate in a bingo. But there is more, the Armitages are secretly working on eternal life. They transfer the soul of someone to someone else’s body. They believe black bodies are best. Chris happens to be black. That’s too bad.
Chris manages to escape. He kills everyone and gets rescued by his buddy. Hopefully he learnt his lesson.
Man, I told you not to go in that house!
Get Out is about the end of United Colors.
We have been hoping for years that mixed race couples could be the answer to everything. We all danced on INXS. Diversity would eradicate racism of course and hopefully war, perhaps starvation even. A brand new day. Why not? Therefore it is essential that Rose and Chris get married and have kids. Their children could save the world!
Unfortunately this model seems to be broken. Look at Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel. Or look at Laura Dern and Ben Harper. It simply doesn’t work. Was the bar too high? Or was it just a lie? Because Chris has been set up by Rose. He has to wake up and get out of this situation. Chris is a photographer, that means he has an eye but he’s just witnessing what’s going on. He’s a bit passive. No wonder he got hypnotized by Missy. Just like too many of us who wanted to believe in mixed race couples. Chris is forced to become a man of action. He reacts beautifully by blocking his ears not to hear the sound of the spoon rubbing against the cup. Cotton has set him free from slavery.
Now he can open his eyes and take a good look at the world as it is – and cry. Because it’s not that nice. Rose pretended to be an engaged feminist. It was just BS. She was actually fishing black guys for her parents. Racism is definitely not just a redneck thing, it’s a thing. Including among middle class white respectable families who travel the world but make stupid jokes because they can… because they’re beyond racism anyway right?
The sad thing in Rose and Chris’ failure is that it somehow gives credit to old prejudices. Black people are naive and white people are malicious. White folks envy blacks because they run faster or dance better. Black guys like to get together with white girls.
Oh white girls… they get you every time.
Good for Chris he got saved by his friend. But what’s coming next is not reassuring. Everyone in their own homes.
Are we doomed to another trench warfare? Can someone recover from such a terrible experience? Once you go black, can you ever go back?
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