(AllHipHop News) Many people were confused when news broke that the hit thriller Get Out was being submitted for the "Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy" category for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Golden Globe Awards. The movie's director, Jordan Peele, initially reacted by tweeting, "'Get Out’ is a documentary."
Peele furthered discussed his views about Universal Pictures reportedly choosing to categorize the racism-themed movie as a comedy. He was asked about the Golden Globes situation while in New York.
“What the movie is about is not funny,” Peele told Indie Wire. “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.”
The MADtv alum/co-creator of Key & Peele was not involved in the submission process. Ultimately, the HFPA will decide how each submitted film will be categorized.
“I think the issue here is that the movie subverts the idea of all genres,” added Peele. “Call it what you want, but the movie is an expression of my truth, my experience, the experiences of a lot of black people, and minorities. Anyone who feels like the other. Any conversation that limits what it can be is putting it in a box.”
Cast member Lil Rey Howery also addressed the controversy on Twitter. He posted:
But if I can be honest this is weird to me... Their is nothing funny about racism... Was it that unrealistic lol... 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 my first go around so hey lol...