In confusing pop culture news this week, it was announced that Jordan Peele’s Get Out will be competing in the comedy category for the Golden Globes, despite many saying that it’s a horror film and/or a psychological thriller.

Jordan Peele’s hilariously enigmatic Twitter response was: “‘Get Out’ is a documentary.” — which isn’t too far from how people viewed the film. While Get Out certainly had some dark laughs, the film was generally understood to be horror and not the Comedy/Musical category of this year’s Golden Globes. In an interview with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night, Peele joked that he had “submitted it as a documentary.” He continued on: “For me, it’s more of a historical biopic. The original title was Get Out: The Kanye West Story.” Ultimately, he acknowledged the film doesn’t necessarily fit into a single genre.

Twitter, as per usual, weighed in:

Franchesca Ramsey, of MTV’s Decoded, posed a very valid argument:

Is calling Get Out a comedy an insult to its social commentary and perfectly executed horror structure? Or, as Vanity Fair’s Yohana Desta suggested, “Is it snobby to assume the term ‘comedy’ denotes a less important movie in the first place?” Studios submit films to the Globes, so Blumhouse — Get Out’s production company — would actually be the team to ask. Universal confirmed that Blumhouse did, in fact, submit the film for the comedy category, but it’s the Hollywood Foreign Press Association who picks where a film will end up competing.

Peele did reveal a bit about how he really felt in an interview with IndieWire:

“What the movie is about is not funny,” he said. “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.”

 

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