10 Pitch-Perfect Examples Of “Yeah…That’s Some White People Shit” In Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” » VSB

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10 Pitch-Perfect Examples Of “Yeah…That’s Some White People Shit” In Jordan Peele’s “Get Out”

Couple things:

1. There will be more extensive reviews and conversations about Get Out next week. In fact, next week might just be Get Out week on VSB. (And yes, there is that much to unpack and deconstruct about this movie. It’s fucking brilliant.)

2. I saw it last night. If you haven’t seen it yet, A) don’t read this, because this is full of light spoilers, B) make sure you see it in a Black theater, and C) come back and read this after you’ve seen it, because perhaps you’ll be able to add to this list. And, if you’re particularly ambitious and want to conduct a social experiment, D) see it first in a Black theater, and then see it again in a mixed-race or predominately White theater, and report back your findings.

Anyway, like many of us, Jordan Peele very obviously has a PhD in White people. He’s studied them, he’s learned them, and he perhaps even knows them better than they know themselves. And the sublime and ingenious Get Out is a reflection of that knowledge, as it’s rife with dozens of instances most Black people immediately recognize as some “White people shit.” (And, for the record “White people shit” is loosely defined as “shit White people do that we generally just can’t or don’t.“)

Here’s 10.

1. Chris (an amazing Daniel Kaluuya) and Rose (a perfectly cast Allison Williams) getting questioned by a police officer, and Rose getting all indignant in a way White women are able to in the cop’s face while Chris is just trying to do what he asks so it’ll be over.

2. The performatively liberal upper-middle class parents (Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford — both pitch-perfect) who have nothing but Black people working for them.

3. The fact that the parents live like a mile and an entire fucking lake away from the closest neighbor and are surrounded by the woods on three sides.

4. How Chris and Rose — who are unmarried and have only been together for five months — are able to sleep in the same bed at Rose’s parents’ house. (Shit, I didn’t even hold my wife’s hand in front of my parents until we were engaged.)

5. Rose’s liberal use of “fuck” and “shit” while in conversation with her parents. (I cuss like a sailor when I write but still don’t even say “damn” in conversations with my dad or any other elders.)

6. The brother’s (Caleb Landry Jones, also good — look, everyone in this movie is great) creepy obsession with UFC and lacrosse.

7. How both parents appear to have lucrative medical practices with offices in their own home. (White people have the privilege of the benefit of the doubt, and can conduct serious medical business in their living rooms and studies and shit without people questioning their legitimacy. Black people — even Black doctors — need all the markers of legitimacy we can get. Which means that if you’re seeing a Black doctor, you better believe it’ll be in a building with elevators and receptionists and shit.)

8. That weird-ass, Eyes Wide Shut-ish annual party the parents held at their house.

9. The need to shoehorn any possible connection to Black people when in conversation with a Black person. (i.e. “I would have voted for President Obama three times.” or “I loved watching Tiger hit those balls.“)

10. How the usual, run-of-the-mill microaggressions White people are often guilty of become exaggerated and intensified when there’s a bunch of them around and you’re the only Black person there. It’s like that dynamic gives them psychological carte blanche to unload all of their pent up post-racial (but always polite) fuckshit.

Bonus: Outdoor Bingo. I’ve been to hundreds of Black BBQs, cookouts, game nights, and dinner parties and aint never seen no shit like that before.

Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for GQ.com And he's working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at damon@verysmartbrothas.com. Or don't. Whatever.

  • Mary Burrell

    It really wasn’t scary just some diabolical crazy white folks. Like I said before in a previous thread post about this film, it was a creepy Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner meets Stepford Wives.

    • AlwaysPi7

      There is a distinct diff between scary supernatural terror and creepy, disturbing make you think joints.

      • Mary Burrell

        I guess if we just want to be technical about how we define what is horrifying. I suppose thinking about a sociopath family doing mad scientist stuff on black people could be classified as horror.

        • cdj

          Is the movie gory? I really want to see it, but I can’t take blood and guts.

          • Blueberry01

            Nah, not really.

  • Mary Burrell

    @Damon Young thanks for doing a post on the film so the other VSB/VSS can check it out.

  • Mary Burrell

    @Damon Young: The big dude who played the TSA worker was good for comic relief. I read he is on the Carmichael Show.

    • Jennifer

      Lil Rel Howery. His comedy special on Netflix is so good.

  • ~*V. von Schweetz*~

    I’m trying to hold out til Tuesday so I can see it for $5

    • Kim

      Two tickets Tuesday!!

  • Mary Burrell

    I was in a black theater and I was surprised there were quite a few white people and many white woman buying tickets to see Hiden Figures it was an interesting evening just observing that.

    • nillalatte

      My son and I went to see Hidden Figures. But, we live in the what has been termed the ‘most diverse’ city in America. The theatre was a mix of white, Black, Asian, & Latino. There were a couple of scenes (the bathroom and John Glen greeting the women) where the audience erupted in cheers. It was a really good movie. :)

      Now, in the South when I went to see Malcolm X, quite a different demographic. I get it.

      • Mary Burrell

        I like observing things like that.

    • grownandsexy2

      On my walk through the Blacksonian museum and seeing white people viewing the exhibits. I remember thinking, “Yeah, take it all in, every accomplishment.” There are a lot of white people who have a difficult time believing we contributed anything. I felt the same way when Hidden Figures hit the theatres. There is a lot of untold history, unsung black heros and sheros. There is a gentleman from my area who died recently (Linwood Wright, Sr.) who was one of the “hidden figures” of that time. His obit was in one of the papers here but I was surprised to see him profiled on CBS This Morning yesterday.

      http://www.philly.com/philly/obituaries/Linwood-C-Wright-Sr-97-contributed-to-aviation-science-.html

    • Mochasister

      Is the neighborhood being gentrified?

  • PetiteKBee

    I saw this last night with my YT boyfriend and another interracial couple and a few other random friends and it was SO good and gratifying.

    #4 resonates like a mother. My beau came home for Christmas a few years ago and please believe he was a in different room on a different floor. Can’t wait for “Get Out” week on VSB.

  • nillalatte

    I stopped at A) because I haven’t seen it yet. Thanks for the input in the comments though. I’m not much for horror movies and I thought it was more comedy, no? Comfort a white girl (giggles)… I wanna see it, but…

    • LMNOP

      I’ve just seen the trailers but I think it’s definitely pretty scary.

  • Mary Burrell

    Daniel Kaluuya is appealing as Chris i like him as an actor.

  • Lynn Teasley

    My friend said the same thing about number 4 during the movie, lol!

    • Mary Burrell

      Number 4 crossed my mind and I doing the things that make you go Hmmn……?

  • Val

    Where am I? What day is it? Checks calendar…oh snap, a Saturday post. Cool. Goes to read post.

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