How can you tell an alien from a human? RACISM, DUH! Oh Key & Peele, you funny lads — we marvel at your ability to skewer big societal conversation points with goofy humor. And in this sketch from the upcoming fourth season of the series, we’re served more of the same.
Because it’s actually sort of brilliant when you think about it: racism is at times insidious and disguises itself as something that it’s typically not (like, say, a very welcoming and accepting redneck person). In a clip that has the look and feel of a high-octane exposition scene from a McG film (where are Charlie’s Angels when you need ’em, eh?), Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are shown on the hunt for survival in a dystopian future run amuck with creatures not of this world. Their task? Picking off said incognito aliens with their impressive deductive reasoning skills.
Old man afraid they’re stealing money? Not an alien. Middle-aged, well to do white guy who’s totally down with one of the guys dating their daughter? Alien. A black guy who has stronger opinions on Police the band than the police themselves? Yup: totally an alien. Sorry, Emily — of course your name is Emily, by the way — these are things you learn through experiencing, not something that can be taught in a class.
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