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TSA Ready for Its Closeup in the Hit Movie 'Get Out'

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Director/Writer Jordan Peele and Elvis Mitchell attend a "Get Out" special screening question and answer session in February. Director/Writer Jordan Peele and Elvis Mitchell attend a "Get Out" special screening question and answer session in February. Steve Cohn/Invision for Universal/AP Images

One of the federal agencies the public doesn’t always love plays a central role in the hit horror/comedy movie “Get Out,” the fourth highest-grossing movie this past weekend.

The edgy satire of modern race relations written and directed by Jordan Peele features a key character in uniform who speaks proudly of his TSA employment. It confirms that the 16-year-old agency is now a familiar part of the life-in-America landscape.

The verdict on the agency, however, is mixed. Without giving away the plot, suffice it to say that this employee ends up being a good guy, while the police are portrayed as ignoring his attempt at whistleblowing.

The film ends with that character’s reference to TSA’s full name interrupted by a word that can’t be published on a G-rated website.

A TSA spokesman declined comment.

Charles S. Clark joined Government Executive in the fall of 2009. He has been on staff at The Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, National Journal, Time-Life Books, Tax Analysts, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and the National Center on Education and the Economy. He has written or edited online news, daily news stories, long features, wire copy, magazines, books and organizational media strategies.

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