In this article I discuss the effect social media has on ones perception of movies. Movies such as “Get Out” got a lot of attention on social media platforms such as Twitter which cause more people to go see the movie. Hope you enjoy!
The way people responded to “Get Out” had a lot to do with their racial background.
“I Just Saw #GetOut. When I Go Visit My White Chick I Gotta Make Sure I Have A Gun On Me Now”- @KingJMay, a Black man
Despite the praise “Get Out” is receiving, some Twitter users are livid the controversy associated with “Get Out”. The movie showcases a white family plotting a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries for the black man dating their daughter. Some filmgoers say the satire of the film showcased White people in a negative connotation.
Based on a recent Twitter poll, 91 percent of people didn’t think “Get Out” was a racist or anti-White film. From that poll, here is what they had to say:
“The term and controversy of ‘Anti-White’ seems very outrageous to me. How could one of such a privileged race feel like they are being seen as outcasts or discriminated against? I don’t really understand how this movie portrays any sense of Anti-White. If anything, it just brings about what some modern day African Americans have felt for years. This film was also not meant to stir up a riot about not trusting black people. It was meant to demonstrate how we as African Americans have felt isolated, judged, and discriminated against. I feel as if the movie Get Out had a complex plot and many great plot twists. Director Jordan Peele did a great job with bringing to the surface our era of racism and discrimination against African Americans.”- Jonquil Simms
“The movie wasn’t anti-White, but certainly wasn’t pro-white. It highlighted past transgressions of black people in being sold in slave auctions, as well as shed light on current issues such as the targeting and fetishizing of minorities.” –Joshua Pillette
“I just think that the whole ‘anti-White’ and ‘don’t trust black people’ thing is ridiculous. Just because the movie was created by a Black man, it went meant to cause this backlash. I thought the movie was very creative and it really made me think. It made me feel that we as Black people need to stick together, and ignore these stereotypes some White people set for us, like they did in the movie.”– Craiana Cleveland
The reason why the Black community had such a positive response to the movie is because the film’s plot showcased real problems that the Black community faces. The Black role in a horror film is usually highly stereotypical or short lived.
Although the Black community was accepting of the film, there was one factor that split the community in two: their views on interracial relationships. Based off of responses from Twitter, some people thought “Get Out” justifies their views on Black men dating White women.
Twitter was also buzzing about the possibility of the outcome of the film if the protagonist was a black woman and she was dating a white man.
It is very common for movie goers to formulate their opinions if they want to see a movie or not based off of social media. For example, according Twitter’s infographic 61% of Twitter users in say that Twitter influences their decision to watch a movie, as word of mouth reviews from people they know and trust may be viewed as more reliable than official trailers and critics.Yet, film critics think that these opinions aren’t valid and are in fact unreliable. Some critics in fact took their feeling on the subject to Twitter.
“Writing a review, is about formulating and putting down a thought, and can’t be summarized in 140 characters written as soon as the credits have stopped rolling,” said film critic Thierry Fremaux. “The rush created a permanent race against the clock between journalists and amateur neo-critics.”