Get Out: Doomed To Be Praised Incorrectly

Get Out is a tremendous film. It is bound to go down as one of the best horror movies of all time, and it deserves to. But not for the reason most people will say it does.

People will tell you that Get Out is a great movie because of its message. And although they’ll say that as praise, it is actually quite insulting. That aspect is nice, but the truth is, Get Out is great because it’s an exceptionally well-made film.

The storytelling, the dialogue, the casting, the acting, the cinematography, the lighting, the music, you name it—it’s all top-notch and comes together perfectly. And that doesn’t happen by default—that takes actual work. Jordan Peele and his cast and crew did an incredible job, and they deserve the lion’s share of the praise.

A film having a good message is a perk and nothing more. It’s the dinky little prize inside of the box of cereal. And in the case of Get Out, we’ve got some of the tastiest and best cereal ever made, and all people want to talk about is how cool the plastic spinning top that came with it is.

If message were what mattered most, AFI’s Top 100 list would be full of After School Specials. Instead, it and most greatest film lists are of exceptionally well-made films—some of them downright deplorable as far as what they have to say, and that’s okay, because they’re not candidates running for office, they’re pieces of art.

Appreciating art is appreciating beauty. It is the realm where you can appreciate the beauty of how something is said without condoning what is said. And if we want better art, it’s important for us to study the how and not the what.

My worry is that we’re now going to get a spat of horror movies trying to mimic Get Out as far as message rather than as far as expertly executing. Studio execs will think to themselves, “A-ha! That’s what we’ve been missing: a message like this!” and then proceed to make the same ol’ garbage but with a better than average message.

That’s what happens every so often: people interpret surface or vestigial elements of a piece as being the key to its success, ape that for a while, see it doesn’t work but don’t realize why, then rinse and repeat with something else. They do it because they want to take a short cut, but there are no short cuts when it comes to doing good work. You gotta just do the work.

Jordan Peele and his cast and crew did the work. Properly acknowledge them for it.

Calling People Nazis: How Liberals Bully

There was a time when, if a kid in school wanted to ruin a classmate’s life, wanted to feel justified in their bullying of them and get others to feel and do the same (or at the very least, get others to feel justified in shunning them) all they had to do was call them a ‘faggot’ until it stuck.

Whether or not the word was even said to mean ‘gay’ didn’t even matter—nobody wanted to be considered a ‘faggot’, or a friend of one.

A ‘faggot’ was someone who was weak, uncool, a loser—essentially, a social leper. And if you hung out with one, you were instantly considered one too. The contagion was that quick.

I’m sure this phenomenon still occurs, and will continue to occur for a long, long time. But recently, another word has entered the insult lexicon that essentially means, and accomplishes, the same thing.

That word is ‘nazi’.

Much like how one does not even need to literally be gay in order to be called, and suffer the fate of being called, a ‘faggot’, one does not need to literally be a nazi in order to be termed and punished as one.

‘Nazi’ used to mean someone who believes in Nazism, or at the very least hates jews. Now it’s a word used against people as innocuous as dorky teens telling racist jokes to each other on the internet, or those who lean conservative politically, or anyone else liberals dislike.

And not only do liberals dislike these so-called ‘nazis’, a growing number of them actually believe it is okay to straight up sucker punch them in the street—or worse.

For that reason, being called a ‘nazi’ is currently lightyears more dangerous than being called than a ‘faggot’—especially since damn near everyone hates actual nazis.

From the time we learned about the holocaust, we’ve had it drilled into our heads that we should all make sure such a thing never, ever happens again, even to the point that, should one of us ever travel back in time, the first thing we should do is kill Hitler.

This belief has enabled those who do harm against ‘nazis’ to feel morally justified in doing so. That is horrible. Because in truth, they are no more morally justified than someone assaulting a suspected gay person under the moral justification of their religion looking down upon gays—which is to say, they are not morally justified at all.

As I said in a previous post, the only moral justification for violence is self-defense. Anything else is just a lie you to tell yourself in order to not feel bad about doing bad.

So, liberals, get it out of your sick head that you are saving the world by sucker punching, or bullying, or calling someone you don’t like a nazi.

You are, at best, being an asshole, and at worst, being a sociopath or even a cold-blooded killer.

And, to speak your own language, you are being that dreaded F-word that you hate so much these days:

You are being a fascist.