Jordan Peele is pissing off some white people.
Peele is the director, writer, and producer of the hitbox office film, Us. Over the first opening weekend, the movie has already brought in over $70 million in domestic sales. With that being said, Us has easily beat out many others, in the category of best-selling original horror flicks!
And Peele is aware of his success. However, he has no desire to switch up his secret to breaking records. In fact, while talking to a crowd at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre, in East Hollywood, Peele said something surprising.
Peele says, “I get to cast 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.” He later adds, “I don’t see myself casting a white dude as the lead in my movie. Not that I don’t like white dudes, But I’ve seen that movie.” And that’s his prerogative.
However, some people aren’t in approval of his plans. On social media, many are accusing the creative of discrimination, or of fitting the roles of a hypocrite. But to Peele, it is a way of sharing the screen with a group of people who have been drastically overlooked throughout Hollywood’s film industry.
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