Browsing All posts tagged under »Kathryn Stockett«

Of Mammies, Migrants and Book Editors

February 6, 2020


What do you give up as an author, when you turn over almost all creative control to a publishing kingmaker? Sometimes the cost should give an ambitious writer reason to pause. The publishing industry tried to peddle another error prone novel about people of color, specifically Latinos. But this time a marginalized group fought back. […]

Rinse, Repeat – American Dirt novel and The Help

January 22, 2020


If it worked once, why not follow the same formula? Well, be careful what you wish for, or in this case, who you appropriate. If you haven’t already heard about the uproar over the new book “American Dirt” then prepare yourself (WTF is with that title? If the book had been about black people, there […]

After playing the ultimate Mammy, NOW Viola Davis complains

September 15, 2014


You know, I’m not sure what to think about Viola Davis’ new found loose tongue. Whereas Octavia Spencer acted (and still behaves) as if she can see no evil, hear no evil and will speak no evil regarding the revisionist history and downright stereotypical portrayals of blacks in The Help (both the book and the […]

Reconstructing Mammy: New book planned for GWTW character

March 29, 2014


I wish this was simply a joke, but apparently it’s not. I guess it’s best to file this under “Oh Hell Naw” or “But their hearts were in the right place” (eye-roll). Margaret Mitchell’s estate has okay’ed a book about the character of Mammy, the feisty, loyal and highly stereotypical maid from Gone With The Wind.   […]

Bestowing “Honorary Blackness” has its roots in segregation

November 7, 2013


The Miami Dolphins bullying/hazing/conduct unbecoming case is still evolving, but I thought I’d take a look at the assertion by a Miami paper regarding the mood and opinions in the Dolphins locker room by some players. I guess if you live long enough, you can see where something from segregation gets recycled, and in this […]

The Top Ten Reasons Why The Butler beats The Help

August 25, 2013


I  shouldn’t have to state this, but I will. Yes, The Help was based on a “beloved” novel (see my post on “beloved” novels, where many of them contain offensive depictions of minorities, yet they’re still crowned “beloved” by some non-minorities in these two posts Beware the Beloved Character  and Classics We Now Question). And […]

The Hypocrisy in The Help: Look no further than Rachel Jenteal and Paula Deen

June 28, 2013


Rachel Jenteal, self nicknamed Diamond Eugene, is the young lady who was on the phone with Trayvon Martin shortly before he was shot and killed.       She’s 19 years old, and in my opinion, she’s still a teenager. But you wouldn’t know it by reading some of the comments about her, because she’s not behaving in court […]