Earlier Wednesday (Nov. 15) news broke that Jordan Peele's Get Out will be competing for nominations at the Golden Globes under the comedy/musical categories.
As reported by Entertainment Weekly, the horror-satire will compete in the joint category, with sources close to the awards confirming that the film's production company, Blumhouse, has entered it as such strategically. The decision was likely made in hopes the film will maximize its chance of a nomination and recognition.
However, despite the strategy behind the move, the choice has Twitter up in arms, with many sounding off that it is both baffling and potentially harmful, given the film's socially impactful commentary and cultural mission.
After receiving the news, Peele himself took to Twitter, writing in a now-viral post, "'Get Out' is a documentary."
Others, however, reacted to the news with outrage, explaining the implications behind the decision to have the film compete as a comedy.
"Miscategorizing Get Out as a comedy is a sorry attempt to deflate its impact as both a formative horror genre film and exacting critique of white supremacy," one user wrote.
Others supported the decision, saying that because it is a social satire, the comedy category is fitting.
The official nominations will be announced next month, on Monday, Dec. 11.
Take a look at how people are reacting to Get Out being categorized as a comedy in the tweets below.
‘Get Out’ is a documentary.— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) November 15, 2017
Miscategorizing Get Out as a comedy is a sorry attempt to deflate its impact as both a formative horror genre film and exacting critique of white supremacy. https://t.co/NAuNXPSCMJ— Here's looking at you, Squid 🦑💜 (@guttersquid) November 15, 2017
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... #GetOut— Lil Rel Howery (@LilRel4) November 14, 2017
But if I can be honest this is weird to me... Their is nothing funny about racism... Was it that unrealistic lol https://t.co/5xSXBmatfP— Lil Rel Howery (@LilRel4) November 14, 2017
Who determines a movie's respective categories because Get Out is not a comedy. It is more like a satirical horror story- the horror being the reality for an entire race present day in an alleged civilized & progressive society- hence the satire. #GetOut #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/UKaBOF7dth— Vicki (@VeeEmEss) November 15, 2017
“Get Out”, is a movie about:— NUFF (@nuffsaidNY) November 15, 2017
• Systematic Racism
• Interracial Relationships
• Black Horror Movie Stereotypes
• White Privilege
... all in one.
Definitely not a comedy.
The movie "Get Out" was a horror to blacks but a comedy to white people. Being oppressed is clearly a joke to them lol— EverybodyHatesBdell (@Bdell1014) November 15, 2017
White privilege is watching "Get Out" and thinking it was funny. https://t.co/jZfbfEUDen— blaqzenon (@Blaqzenon) November 15, 2017
You understand the only way whiteness can process Get Out is to make light of it and pretend it was in jest. To award the film for being anything other than comedy would be to self-analyze and admit to the accuracy of it all.— Francisco-Luis White (@FranciscoLWhite) November 15, 2017
there's no category for horror. drama is a stacked category & Get Out does have funny moments. so they went for a comedy nomination— Franchesca Ramsey (@chescaleigh) November 15, 2017