There are certain films that have a specific purpose and an audience that they are trying to reach. Movies like, “Get out and Dope,” try to educate viewers about stereotyping and racist in the country. They want to educate the viewers on social issues that sometimes offend the people who are being targeted. These are mainly movies that are informing the audience but also to persuade people to treat everyone equal. The directors do a great job of putting the people who aren’t being targeted as much in the shoes of the opposing side. Throughout our lives we see a lot of articles, movies, and other things that stereotype certain races and the movie “Dope and Get Out,” do a great job of portraying that image. It is not just seen in movies but it happens when public figures speak to a large audience but don’t do a great job of appealing to everyone listening.
On August 24th, 2016, Donald Trump was holding a rally before the 2016 election. Just like every election, candidates are trying to persuade everyone as much as possible to vote for them. They need people of different ethnic cultures, backgrounds, genders and ages to vote for them. They believe that they can win peoples vote by saying what they want to hear. Well Donald Trump was trying to win the African American vote across the nation but, in this rally during his speech he stereotyped black people and showed that they are different from him. Over and over he talks about black people killing each other, living off of food stamps, and there being no hope around in their communities. His speech was just another version of stereotyping and racism in this country, even though he may not have meant any harm.
The movie “Dope,” is about a group of three friends that are huge nerds and they are going to graduate soon. The main character out of the trio is Malcolm and he is an African American student who has a 4.0 GPA. Throughout the movie he is encountered with several distractions and obstacles along the way. He gets bullied and he is at a point in his life where he is obsessed with girls and starts selling drugs. He went to a 21 and up club illegally and that night changed his life and perspective forever. He is trying to get into Harvard, but the high school he goes to is underfunded and underprivileged. The teachers don’t really care about the students as much. His counselor basically tells him that he won’t get in to this prestigious school because of the essay he wrote, and then he starts stereotyping him saying he should write an essay about his dad not being in his life and being black.
At the end of the movie, Malcolm has a monologue basically explaining what transpired the end of his senior year. “Let me tell you about two students. Student A is a straight-A student, lives in a suburb of Los Angeles. Plays in a punk band with his friends. Loves to skateboard and ride BMX bikes. His favorite show is “Game of Thrones.” His favorite band is The Thermals, he is a ’90s hip hop geek. Student B goes to an underfunded school where teachers, who would rather not be there, teach kids who don’t care. He lives with a single mother, doesn’t know his father, and has sold dope. Now close your eyes. Picture each of these kids and tell me what you see. Be honest. No one’s going to judge you. Now open your eyes. Am I Student A or B? Am I a geek or am I menace? For most of my life I have lived somewhere between who I really am and how I am perceived. Between categories and definition. I don’t fit in. I used to think that was a curse, but I’m slowly starting to see, that maybe, it is a blessing. When you don’t fit, you’re forced to see the world from many different angles and points of view. You find knowledge, life lessons from disparate people and places. And their lessons, for better or worse, have shaped me. So who am I? Allow me to reintroduce myself. My name is Malcolm Adekanbi. I’m a straight-A student with near perfect SAT scores. I taught myself to play guitar and read music. I have stellar recommendations and diverse extracurricular activities. I’m a Google Science Fair participant. In three weeks I helped make over one hundred thousand dollars for an online business. Why do I want to attend Harvard? If I was white would you even have to ask me that question?” (Fortes, 2016)
The monologue he has with himself puts everything in the movie into retrospective. His resume should admit him to any college in the world but because of his story, skin color, and community; he might not get admitted. At the end of the movie his counselor basically says he can’t get admitted but ends up being approved by the university.
In the movie, “Get Out” an African American (Chris Washington) joins his white girlfriend (Rose Armitage) to visit her family for the weekend. Everything was going smooth and then the family starts stereotyping Chris and putting him on an island by what they are saying. They are trying to be friendly but the rhetoric that they are using towards him are quite offense and make him uncomfortable. As the movie goes on he meets the family friends who are all white and they say stereotypical things of black people. There is specific scene where her father starts talking about deer’s and how he hates them. He wishes they never existed and he would kill all of them if he had the chance. The director Jordan Peele uses that as a metaphor because the deer are actually black people and the father is racist but doesn’t directly say it. Every single line and scene through the movie has a hidden message of stereotyping and racism.
Jordan Peele does an excellent job of getting viewers to see how America really is today. Everyone’s opinion is going to be different on the message that they got from the movie. Some people might think that the government is the girlfriend’s mother and how she brain washes Chris, but it is America being brain washed. We think we are the best country in the world but yet our crime rate is high than most countries if not all, our technology is more advanced the most countries but yet we aren’t the smartest. We always try to out due other countries with technology but in all reality we are just hurting ourselves. Others might think that the message was offense to white people and they are all portrayed as racist. Even though viewers are going to have a different meaning, the director is trying to show that injustice is still happening in our world today and if he adds a little action, thriller, suspense, and comedy movie, then people might be able to digest the message a little easier.
Famuyiwa, R. (Director). (2015). Dope [Motion Picture].
This monologue pretty much explains itself. Most people would take student A just because of the environment he is in and we presume that he is a white kid. Student B which is Malcolm gets over looked because of his skin color and surroundings, which is the ghetto. All humans do it; it is in our nature to stereotype. Even if somebody tries their absolute hardest not to, they would choose student A.
Fortes, A.-A. (2016, March 1). No One is TAlkin ABoout ‘Dope”. Retrieved November 13, 2017, from theodysseyonline.com: https://www.theodysseyonline.com/how-come-no-one-is-talking-about-the-movie-dope
This article is article explains why not a lot of people heard about the movie. It is produced and film in Inglewood California, which a lot of people consider the hood. SO a lot of people aren’t going to relate to this movie because it is about the younger generation that live in cities filled with gangs and distractions.
Peele, J. (Director). (2017). Get Out [Motion Picture].
This video has a lot of hidden messages to it later on in the movie. You must see the movie to really understand what the meaning is. The father is basically racist and the main character Chris doesn’t know it yet. The father says certain things like a normal conversation but he has an evil message behind what he is saying.
RICHARD FAUSSET, A. B. (2016, August 26). Donald Trump’s Description of Black America Is Offending Those Living in It. Retrieved November 14, 2017, from nytimes.com: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/25/us/politics/donald-trump-black-voters.html
Donald Trump basically says all African Americans in to poverty stricken, gang-infested community. There are a lot of black people who live in nice neighborhoods and worked hard for what they got but they are still put into a box. A retired postal employee speawks his mind about the topic and disagrees with what he said. He cant pertain to his message because he doesn’t live in a community like he is describing. Many people took offense to it because it is a major definition of stereotyping.