Melissa Harris Perry Breaks Down The Help: 'Ahistorical And Deeply Troubling'
The film adaptation of The Help , a novel about the lives and tensions between Mississippi white women and their African American maids, debuts this weekend, and amidst its release it has raised many questions and concerns about the way it portrays the lives of its black characters- though getting rave reviews from Oprah Winfrey and getting a ...
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#1 Aug 11, 2011
Oh yes, how dare someone who isn't black use their imagination to create a story with a black point of view! Who do they think they are, wanting to entertain!
What makes me laugh at people like Harris-Perry is that she is absolutely consumed, fueled, and guided by her skin color, putting her right up there with White Supremecists who also let skin color cloud every decision they make.
A perfect examply of her skewed, race-based thinking is that she cannot understand Hollywood is a business, and why execs in Hollywood do no want to shell out millions of dollars to make movies that would alienate and scold the largest portion of moviegoers they need to fill the seats. Nobody is stopping you Melissa from making the movie you want to tell, so quit whining and get to work.
And it is also her inherent racism that prevents her from acknowleding the fact that the one group that more than any other has utterly failed to take the lessons of the past to formulate a better future is black folk themselves, as it increasingly difficult to think of a more bankrupt and volatile culture today than 'thug 'life,' so intertwined it has become with almost all aspects of black culture as a whole, it is inseperable. But rather than take on the immense, Herculean, and arduous task of extracating the whole 'gangsta' permentation, Melissa have instead become complacent, as many black children's futures continue to be destroyed by self-inflicted standards, yet here she are railing against a light summer movie.
#2 Aug 11, 2011
Get real folks. I was there. She told it just like it was then. Lots of racism, lots of bad things happening to blacks, lots of people to stupid to know how cruel they really were and who refused to accept the truth that black skin was just another color God gave people.
She did not want to entertain. There is nothing entertaining about abuse. She did tell tell the story and she was not kind to the white race either. Read the book, see the movie but take it for what it was, a cruel way of life in the 1950,s.
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