WELCOME! If you’re been linked here via an article from The Root, I hope you’ll read additional posts on my site (which has been up since June, 2010) You see, I recognized Kathryn Stockett put segregationist ideology into the mouths of her black characters as amusing anecdotes. Lines like “Don’t drink coffee or you’ll turn colored” (Aibileen Pg 91) as well as “Plenty of Black men leave their families behind like trash in a dump” (Minny Pg 311).
That’s why I researched digitized copies of real newspapers from 1963 and have scans and links on this site. Just for such an occasion. You’ll find the words of real, 1963 residents of Jackson, Mississippi here and here (only if your stomach can stand it)
I’ve already got up the ten plus issues with the novel of The Help, so I thought I’d create one on the movie.
Starting from number 12, here are the reasons that didn’t quite make the TOP TEN:
“It should not be ‘Why is Viola Davis playing a maid in 2011?’ I think it should be ‘Viola Davis plays a maid and she gives the f—ing performance of her life.’ “ – Actress Octavia Spencer, co-star of The Help in a quote from EW magazine.
I don’t doubt that Viola Davis will get an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a Sag nomination AND win all three of them. But Louise Beavers beat her to the first nominated title of greatest maid on screen.
And Hattie McDaniel took home the first Oscar statuette for giving the greatest f-ing performance of HER LIFE. And this was during segregation, when things were a whole hell of a lot tougher:
Here are the top ten, beginning with Number 10:
Emma Stone’s hair. It looks as if they used hairpieces and wigs and finally took pity on her with the Shinalator, but Stone kinda reminds me of Shirley Temple in The Little Colonel or The Littlest Rebel.
Maybe that’s why I ‘ve termed her “Oh Golly gosh darn, spunky Skeeter saves the day!”
Oscar loves period piece movies, and since Americans are due for a win in this category. (I believe last year England walked away with best costumes, I’ll have to check)
This is a little quibble, but why are most of the black characters dressed so badly? Not poorly, just in god awful outfits. I do believe even maids had standards in clothing.
Executive behind The Help Movie was probably right:
The Loop or Bryce Dallas Howard’s neverending saga of over the top emotion
Number 2 (it’s a tie)
The tasteless HSN tie-in to the movie. With items “inspired” by the film, like cookware by Emeril.
Um, Um. Nothing says lovin’ like implying that blacks need to stay by the oven.
The ”You is kind, you is smart, you is im-po-tent” tutorial meant solely to manipulate the emotions of viewers, just like in the novel. Look for this clip to be shown during awards time, and I hope the camera pans to black audience members squirming in their seats.
Number 1 :
“The scene where Viola Davis is sitting on a toilet in a garage in 108 degrees, and then a white woman comes out and tells her to hurry up was visually brutal. To me that’s worse than seeing a lynching. It just is.” – Tate Taylor, screenwriter and director of The Help
Oh dear. Oh dear me. WTF was he thinking? WTF, was he even thinking at all?
Here’s a link to a post providing information on Taylor’s interview with Chris Witherspoon of TheGrio.com:
Unfortunately, Tate Taylor has been building up a virtual portfolio of verbal gaffes.
Here are the runner-ups to his number one ranking:
“My key objective was to give this movie street cred especially within the African-American community, to represent them and not sugarcoat it,” said Taylor.
LA Times interview By NICOLE SPERLING
Oh my heavens. What? WHAT? Where does “Street cred” even enter the conversation? Wait, don’t tell me, appealing to African Americans means using terms on our “level.” Because he sure wouldn’t have used “street cred” in trying to ”represent” a group of Mormons.
“About 20 minutes into the movie, you’re craving fried chicken,” says director Tate Taylor. That movie is The Help, the new film based on Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel . . .”
Hmm. Guess he never got the memo on how often African Americans were linked to demeaning ads featuring chicken, especially during segregation