Is 'The Help' heroic or stereotyping?

Is 'The Help' heroic or stereotyping?

There are 6 comments on the CNN story from Aug 11, 2011, titled Is 'The Help' heroic or stereotyping?. In it, CNN reports that:

Janney: behind the scenes of 'The Help' Should white author write black dialect? "Frankly, Skeeter is not 'the great white hope' in the book or in the movie," Taylor said.

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Since: Oct 07

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#1 Aug 11, 2011
I see no problem with it, and I'm saying that in advance of reading the book or seeing the movie. It's just another from a white perspective movie, but I'll trust Viola Davis being in this it can't be that terrible.
Geez

Indiana, PA

#2 Aug 12, 2011
Yah, let's stir up more crap with that question. I get so sick of this type of thing!

This book is a great story and probably quite representative of it's time except for the happy ending part! Stereotyping whom? The white employers??? The black "Help"? Both?

Let's all be sure to be offended by a well written, very enjoyable book and, I'll guess and hope, film.

Give it a rest and stop trying to find fault in every minutia of the world please! The author, herself writes in explanation that she was indeed concerned about the issue of being "white," writing "black" whatever that means.

And, you know...news flash...there actually always HAVE been good-hearted, sensible, caring white folk who have always seen through the wrongs of our nation regarding social issues. Why can't we hear one good story with that slant? It's that a crime, too???
Jerry

Sioux City, IA

#3 Aug 12, 2011
It's a stupid movie. Usually people who get their panties up in a knot over stuff like this are over-sensitive yahoos who don't work an honest job anyway. People who's job it is to scour internet sites & forums & magazines & movies looking for any & every obscure quasi-racist statement to then blow up & put on blast.

Making a mountain out of a mole hill. They take a comment out of context & then make it into the newest evil cause for the victimhood industry.

That being said -- if you dont' live in Mississippi -- you should visit.

With the exception of a few white redneck pricks, white people in the Jackson area tend to give blacks a wide berth. Both because whites want to live in peace & also they don't want to offend any body. Plus contrary to popular belief - they've moved on.

That being said -- for all intents & purposes the whites have abandoned Jackson. They have moved into the country & into the suburbs. Classic white flight.

But Jackson is now a black city but has basically collapsed. But whites gave them the city. Its their's. The mayor is black. The city council is black - and yet the city still loses people & has been trying to annex white areas to milk them for tax money.

Jackson is a crimehole. One of the highest murder & robbery rates in the country. Burglaries are insanely bad. Whites gave them the city & they turned it into Detroit south.

So -- who's fault is that? Remember -- America is a mobile country. People can move where ever they want.

Mississippi will be a black state in 10-20 years. They're already 40% of the state population.

Hollywood really should fall into line. This state isn't a racist stinkhole like it was. It's soon to be a majority black state. And the reason why I'm thinking about leaving is that -- even though my local school district is over 60% minority -- whites still control ALL the positions on the school board, they control the superintendent's position, the mayor is white, most of the city council & county supervisors are white etc.

The next town up from me is majority black. They just fired their black superintendent & the black principal of their high school. They brought in a white superintendent.

They can't run the govt., at least around here, can't speak for other parts of the county. They're going to tax the existing businesses in this state once they take over & everything will leave. Some counties in this state already are 3rd world.

When they take over in 20 or so years this state will collapse. It's already last @ everything & when the white professional class flees the state due to higher taxes, crime, etc. then the black population here will be in deep trouble, as will the white trash who choose to stay around.

The smart black folks with college degrees & the like will probably leave the state as well. Can't blame them. It's been a sinking rat-infested ship for a long damn time.

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#4 Aug 15, 2011
I've read the book and enjoyed it.

The movie might not be so good, they usually aren't. It's difficult to portray subtle interactions easily maneuvered in print.

Has anyone read the book and seen the movie? Is the movie simply an attempt to make $(as most are) or is it following the book? May not spend the time or precious $ to see the movie just to be disappointed and have less to spend on the kids.
SayWhat

Lexington Park, MD

#5 Aug 15, 2011
Donalda wrote:
I see no problem with it, and I'm saying that in advance of reading the book or seeing the movie. It's just another from a white perspective movie, but I'll trust Viola Davis being in this it can't be that terrible.
You should read the other post they have about that movie, doesn't seem to be wanted in the black community, but like u I have no issue with it.

Since: Oct 07

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#6 Aug 20, 2011
SayWhat wrote:
<quoted text> You should read the other post they have about that movie, doesn't seem to be wanted in the black community, but like u I have no issue with it.
The problem is black people aren't making enough of their own movies from their own perspective, so when a movie comes out with blacks in it, it is scrutinized to death. That said, black people should pay attention to how they are portrayed, whoever is doing the writing. I know to certain people who don't have a lot of experience with racism some of the criticism seems to be nitpicking. Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't; but the people who are being portrayed definitely know more about what is unfair than a majority that hasn't walked in their shoes.

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