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“Frying chicken makes you tend to feel better about life” WTF?

November 25, 2012


I’ve been reminded that I never did a post on Minny’s various lines in her ode to fried chicken. While the book has Minny salivating over okra and pork chops hot out of the pan, here’s what Oscar winning actress Octavia Spencer got to utter on film about chicken: “Frying chicken make you tend to […]

All Souled Out: No offense Viola and Octavia, but I’ll still pass on “The Help”

November 13, 2011


I love Modern Family. Tonight Phil just said “I can’t help it, I’m turned on by powerful women. Oprah, Condoleezza Rice, Michelle Obama, Serena Williams . . . wait a minute-” The punch line is Phil is happily married to Claire, and all the women he mentioned are black. I guess I enjoy this kind of humor […]

Caricature of a child: Comparing Mae Mobley to Kindra

June 4, 2011


Aibileen’s need to protect Mae Mobley from her constantly unhinged mother, Elizabeth Leefolt, makes her a heroine in the eyes of many readers.  But astute as Aibileen is regarding Mae Mobley’s predicament, she’s unable to realize that her good friend Minny is just as unhinged when she deals with her own kids (getting beaten almost daily by your husband […]

It’s okay not to like The Help

May 28, 2011


No really. If you didn’t enjoy this novel, it’s perfectly okay. There’s nothing wrong. For whatever reason some readers didn’t bond with this novel, it’s fine. Just like there’s nothing wrong with the happy-happy joy-joy virus going around the internet from many people who just luvvvvv the book and want to share their experience with others.             […]

The Help: A celebrated parody of African Americans

April 10, 2011


When the character of Mammy from Gone With the Wind is brought up, or performers such as Al Jolson and Stepin Fetchit, and the popular old radio program Amos ‘n Andy, most readily admit these depictions are stereotypes. In the case of Amos ‘n Andy, the radio show veered into bad parody. Yet many readers miss just how Kathryn Stockett’s The Help, is […]

Challenging Kathryn Stockett’s spin on Segregation

January 17, 2011


Instead of starting this post examining the usual suspects like Aibileen, Skeeter and Minny, I thought I’d examine the conflicting messages of the side characters, those practicing and benefiting from segregation, but in a few scenes Stockett throws in a “twist” regarding how they outwardly appear versus how they really are. Yes, these are characters who […]

The problem with the domestics of The Help

October 19, 2010


There’s Aibileen and Minny. And Constantine. Three women who drop similies, analogies and metaphors like they’re dropping knowledge. Only what exactly are they saying? “We start calling his daddy Crisco cause you can’t fancy up a man done run off on his family. Plus he the greasiest no-count you ever known” (Aibileen, Pg 5) And Miss Skeeter […]