Jordan Peele, half of the reliably hilarious comedy duo Key & Peele, is transforming into a film director auteur. Two years ago he impresssed with his racial horror film “Get Out”, and last weekend his follow up effort “Us” was an even bigger hit in its debut last weekend.
During his PR tour Peele sat in with the comedy group The Upright Citizens Brigade and discussed his film making. The Hollywood Reporter quotes him:
“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, nodding over to his moderator pal Roberts. “But I’ve seen that movie.” The line drew loud applause and shouts of agreement. “It really is one of the best, greatest pieces of this story, is feeling like we are in this time — a renaissance has happened and proved the myths about representation in the industry are false.”
There really is nothing wrong here. He is a director, and the casting choices for his films are his choice — especially if he is writing stories centered on black characters. Considering the dearth of such roles in Hollywood there is even less to complain about.
Over at the racially obssessed outlet The Root they were confident that there would be white people complaining about this quote.
— The Root (@TheRoot) March 28, 2019
Certainly there is some curiosity about this, considering the “sea of white tears” that is reportedly flowing, as some wonder how come you have not heard of this outrage?! Well believe them at The Root, there was Outrage!!
Like clockwork, those aforementioned “white dudes” took a short break from soaking in their regularly scheduled mayo bath and expressed just how pissed they were.
Now, you may be thinking this sounds like a rather racist comment to make, especially in this era where food can actually be racist. But moving beyond such (since we are not hysterical reactionaries here at Twitchy) let us delve into the myriad examples of these mayonaise-slathered white dudes who were outraged at Jordan Peele’s comments.
Can you imagine the backlash if Brad Pitt said he would never work with a black director? @JordanPeele's comments are racist no matter how you spin it. @UniversalPics and @CBSAllAccess needs to perform a full investigation on his hiring practices (cast & crew).
— Kslone (@Kslone4) March 27, 2019
That's okay I won't be opening up my pocketbook but to watch his b crap movies anyway.
— John G ER_RN 🇺🇸🚂 (@alcors11) March 27, 2019
Annnnnnnd that is all.
So, Two. The Root managed to find TWO examples. The writer was so convinced whites would find Peele’s quote offensive they scoured the internet and came up with one person saying they would not see his film, and the other essentially posing a rhetorical. Two random individuals (one with 18 followers) constitutes “a sea of white tears”.
Quite a few more than two others noted the reporting was lacking in substantive content.
Random internet person equals a sea of white tears. Got it.
— Carl Gustav (@CaptYonah) March 28, 2019
I don't understand your motivation to lie like this. No one cared. There was no sea of white tears.
Do you just dislike white people?
— prop op (@ProperOpinion) March 28, 2019
No one cares about this. Nice try.
— 𝔻ixie ℂhick 💋 (@SweetVaBreezy) March 29, 2019
A sea of tears started to flow after this tweet. Because everyone was laughing so hard they cried.
— Julesy Cottontail (@ImJuliCaldwell) March 28, 2019
The derision has been well earned.
— Vincent Rivas-Flores (@vincentrivasfl) March 28, 2019
Tears aren't white, you're drinking a different bodily fluid
— Jay Tee Ell Oh Ell (@jtLOL) March 28, 2019
That is…you know…it just… — oh hell, well done.
This is my new excuse for not being a Hollywood leading man.
— Record Deepness, Right? (@spiderstumbled) March 28, 2019
Aw now Reddit's gonna stop quoting K&P sketches. 😏
— Lena🏳️🌈 (@Shin_Cromartie) March 28, 2019
The sea of non-existent outrage seems vast!
Damn we stay on yalls minds a lot
— Jeb (@chilldood420) March 28, 2019
I've been sobbing uncontrollably. pls hit me up in the DMs i need a rebound
— Jonny (@CocktailPolitik) March 29, 2019
Sly move, that. Making the most of your pain.
Once upon a time journalists did research and wrote the story. Now they write the story and search for tweets to back it up.
And you couldn't even manage the second part.
— Wealth and Hellfare (@Minimum_Max) March 30, 2019
This, exactly, is what happened. Instead of chasing the story the writer chased her prejudice, and strained to find anything to support what she was just convinced would be out there. The struggle for confirmation bias was real.
But then that is The Root, where almost every article could be summed up thusly–
— metsfanmurph (@metsfanmurph1) March 28, 2019
(I swear, I just love that kid!)