‘Get Out’ Makes Over $100 Million, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Calls Film ‘Invasion of the Black Body Snatchers’

'Get Out' Makes Over $100 Million, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Calls Film 'Invasion of the Black Body Snatchers'

‘Get Out’ Makes Over $100 Million

Kudos to “Get Out”! The comedy horror film has grossed over $111 million worldwide, against its $4.5 million budget. It was produced and directed by Jordan Peele, in his directorial debut. Starring Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, Lakeith Stanfield and Catherine Keener, it follows a young couple who visit the mysterious estate of the woman’s parents. Over the weekend, crossed the coveted $100 million threshold, the second non-franchise film to do so this year after M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split.”

In a new editorial, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar weighs in on the film, referring to it as ‘Invasion of the Black Body Snatchers’ for the Trump Era. He writes:

The horror hit’s family of “chipper Kellyanne Conways whitesplaining away racism” reveals the modern face of public bigotry, writes the THR columnist and NBA legend, who recalls his own past as the “Good Negro” of white society. I recently watched the highly entertaining thriller Get Out and the deeply disturbing documentary I Am Not Your Negro. Turns out they’re the same movie. They both deal with the subjugation of the unpopular voice — whether black, female, gay, Muslim, Jewish or immigrant — through the enslavement of the body. Get Out uses the medical-horror genre, and I Am Not Your Negro uses ex-pat African-American writer James Baldwin’s passionate outrage at the martyrdom of his three murdered friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. But both films explore the differences between the end of legal slavery and the lingering effects of institutional slavery. The urgent message in both is that unless the body is free from others trying to control its actions and free from constant threat of injury or death, that body, that person, that people are still enslaved.

Get Out’s well-deserved 99 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and huge financial success have as much to do with its sly, subversive message as its spooky ride. Written and directed by the immensely talented Jordan Peele, the film embodies and expresses the African-American experience with infrastructural racism in a way that blacks hope whites will better understand after seeing it. Most important is the idea that when you live under constant physical threat of violence — whether from police, the legal system or racist groups — that in itself is a way to control people. Ta-Nehisi Coates, in his blunt and incisive book Between the World and Me, describes this daily dilemma for people of color: “Not being violent enough could cost me my body. Being too violent could cost me my body. We could not get out.”

Click here for his full editorial.

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Authored by: Kellie Williams