Get Out vs. Breakfast at Tiffany's (Phony Persona Edition)

This is how I spent my weekend - I’m still digesting the juxtaposition. Here are two movies that each have a finger on the theme of phony identity, and that's pretty much all they have in common. If you consider revealing one of several themes addressed in a movie to be a spoiler, I weakly apologise. Weakly.

I think there's some accuracy to the perspective of the black protagonist in Get Out. I can't say for sure, because I'm pretty white. Very White. White as **** (thank you, Moneypenny, for always answering the awkward questions honestly). Watch the movie; it's really well done. Especially if you identify as white you should watch this movie, because I said so.

If you haven't seen Breakfast at Tiffany's, any spoiling done here is not my problem. The thing you need to know is this quote: "She's a phony, but she's a real phony."

Holly Golightly, for reasons not explained in the movie, saw a need to be something different in life and acted on it. She changed her persona at will. Some people found her to be unreliable, and some  found her refreshing. The author who pursues her is plagued throughout the film by an identity crisis assigned to him and perpetuated by Ms. Golightly. He has to switch identities to achieve goals. He ultimately gives up one - that of a kept lover - after stealing Halloween masks out of a dime store with Holly.  The mask, for him, becomes associated with his accomplice and he doesn't like his lover wearing it..

We often meet people we suspect are phony. Some of these are psychopaths, and should be avoided. Some people have chosen to put on masks - public faces - to achieve goals or to protect themselves. We can only guess whether they have a different, real, face they wear inp or whether the one we see has been transmuted. Maybe they wear a different mask at home whilst hiding from themselves. They may be on a path of self-discovery, trying on outfits as it were. That's my take on Holly Golightly: I think her motivation was to find where her true self fit despite the caste of her birth.

Do we deserve to know the motivation of someone with a phony identity? Is questioning a defensive move for us? Ask yourself the real question:  are you just being nosy?  Instead of digging and judging the veracity of someone's public persona, spend your time determining whether there is a potential danger for you. Then take a break, and go check to see if your mask is on straight. Be safe, but be open to a new perspective.

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