Jordan Peele is one of the most important people in the film industry that you should know about right now. He is best known for his work in the comedy and horror genres. Following his directorial debut in 2017 withGet Out, he has been nominated for numerous awards – including the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, in which he was the first Black writer to win. What so many people love about him is how he has reclaimed Black identity from white filmmakers in this predominantlywhite industry. Hollywood’s racism within the horror genre is notorious – it predominantly portrays the ‘other’ as ethnic minorities, and the ‘normal’ being almost always white. Peele reverses those white film tropes and their racial stereotypes, for example by subverting the trope of the “dangerous Black man” with the white family being the predators in Get Out and inhis filmUs, Peele highly celebrates Black femininity. I love how Peele critiques the idea of “post-racial” by showing violence perpetrated against Black people in a seemingly liberal and “post-racial” environment – and in doing this he shows ushow deep-rooted racism still is.
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