Twitter At Odds Over 'Get Out' Competing in Golden Globes Comedy Category

Are you racist if you think "Get Out" was funny? Twitter's outspoken commentators weigh in.

Racially-themed horror film "Get Out" has been submitted to compete in the Golden Globes comedy category, and Twitter is divided over the decision. A perfect storm of outrage is brewing between social justice warriors talking about racism and film buffs trying to explain how satire works.

Released in February, the movie (about a black man who meets his white girlfriend's parents and discovers a hellish conspiracy involving racism, kidnapping and brain surgery) became an instant hit, bringing in $33.4 million on opening weekend and a total of $253.4 million worldwide.

Putting "Get Out" in the Comedy/Musical category for the Golden Globes puts the film, director Jordan Peele and star Daniel Kaluuya up against movies like "The Greatest Showman," "I, Tonya," Kumail Nanjiani's "The Big Sick" and James Franco's "The Disaster Artist" -- a move that seemed odd for people who found the film profoundly terrifying.

Even actor Lil Rel Howery, who played a particularly funny part in the film as TSA officer Rod Williams, expressed a little uncertainty about the decision.

Meanwhile, fans who loved the film's satirical themes about race in America were divided on whether a Golden Globes nomination in the comedy category would trivialize racism, trivialize comedy or all of the above.

Then there were fans who took a more pragmatic view of the film industry, pointing out that horror films have been historically neglected by awards shows and submitting "Get Out" as a comedy gives it a better chance of winning.

But it was the film's director Jordan Peele, previously known for his Comedy Central show "Key & Peele" with fellow comedian Keegan-Michael Key, who had the last word.

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