Is Jordan Peele Racist ?

The short answer is no (so is the long answer). But I feel like this whole situation needs cleared up, granted better writers than me will do them same, still I would like a go at it too. Many of you will have seen this little statement:

“I don’t see myself casting a white dude as the lead in my movie. Not that I don’t like white dudes,” he said, “But I’ve seen that movie.”

The only problem is that he would go on to clarify:

“The way I look at it I get to cast to black people in my movies. I feel fortunate to be in this position where I can say to Universal, ‘I want to make a $20 million horror movie with a black family.’ And they say yes.”

So is this racist?

Honestly no this is not racist. Peele crafts his films rather meticulously, he creates films that are most likely born from his own experience, so why would he want to create a film with another white guy in the lead. We cannot deny the fact that each of us has a different life story partly based on how we look. To claim otherwise is purely ignorant and foolish. If any artist wants to create a story that is deeply personal then they will create something that they know. 

As well as that, tell em what is wrong with diversity?

Seriously look at the majority of big movie posters out there and they all have white guys on them. That is why films like Black Panther and Captain Marvel seems so refreshing, even if neither film is treading new ground. Different leads let us tell the same stories in different ways and that is good for us all as a species. This really should not be an issue but it was only a few years ago that we had a bunch of ancient Egyptians where being played by white actors, this shows that Hollywood still has race issues, ones that need addressed. (Btw I am well aware that the Ptolemaic dynasty where most likely white but the characters in question where of the Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt who where not of Greek origin.)

I digress, diversity is good and the fact that we have great and talented directors out there who want to create more diverse films, is a good thing. Me if I was directing color would not be an issue, but that is because of the stories I want to tell. What Jordan Peele is doing is the right decision for him. To be honest part of me wonders how the world would react if Steven Spielberg said he only wanted to direct white men, it would be interesting. But in the end I feel context is everything and that is why I do not find his statement racist.

Categories: Films, Nerd Bites

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