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Actor Wendell Pierce Isn't Exactly Thrilled With "The Help"

by Sergio
August 18, 2011 2:55 AM
63 Comments
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Actor Wendell Pierce (Treme, The Wire and nearly 80 other film and TV roles) may be many things, but one thing he is definitely is not, is a fan of the film The Help. This week he Tweeted a dialogue after seeing the film, and while he had praise for both Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, he said that the film was "a passive version of the terror of Jim Crow South."

He further explained that after his 80 year old mother saw the film, she revealed to him that she had been employed to raise white children and that "she was hurt by the film.” He further said that his mother still had ugly memories of being banned from the kitchen, denied food for a 12-hour shift and allowed water only from an outside faucet. He also added that: “the insult was that people feel this was harsh when she feels the reality was worse.”

He concluded that "The Help is controversial because of its emphasis on a young white writer who exposes the hardships suffered by maids played by Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis. Hollywood loves the formula: the Great White Savior. I am tired of this cliche.” Well Tyler Perry liked it so I guess it must be all right.

And I have this feeling that Pierce isn't going to be making any films with Davis or Spencer soon, do you?

On second thought, I may have to give up my resistance to see the film, tough it out and finally see The Help. It's the gift that keeps on giving!

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63 Comments

  • Mandla | August 22, 2011 12:45 PMReply

    I figured that this would be the tenor of the film But it looks like I too may have to buckle down and see it before I open MY mouth.

  • Mr. Clinton | August 22, 2011 11:41 AMReply

    @sandra You're right. And people really need to get a grip because they're overreacting and being unfair to Davis. I don't think most of the people spouting off about what a supposedly degrading role she's playing have even seen the movie. Actually, many have said they refuse to see it, so their complaints are baseless -- not that their disinterest has affected box-office receipts for what is now the No. 1 film in the country.

    See more of my take on the flap under the "Viola Davis' Controversial Serial Killer Role (Worse Than 'The Help'?)" thread on this great Shadow and Act blog. @The whole S&A team, thanks so much for the forum, btw!

    As for Pierce, he insinuates that "The Help" glosses over the harsh working conditions of maids in the Jim Crow South. I disagree. Aibileen (Viola Davis) and Minny (Octavia Spencer) endure banishment from their employers' indoor restrooms, racial insults, false accusations of thievery and many other forms of disrespect. Plus there's the police brutality that Aunjanue Ellis's character Yule May faces and the myriad of indignities recounted by the maids in their interviews with Skeeter (Emma Stone).

    If Pierce and his mother have such a big problem with the film, he has the resources and influence to produce a documentary on the same subject, and he can interview her for it. Just a thought. I happen to believe that Pierce is one of the most talented actors working these days, but I think he's way off base here.

  • CareyCarey@yahoo.com | August 20, 2011 10:31 AMReply

    @ Other song, even though I’ve been told to never ask a woman her age nor weight, you can’t blame a brotha for trying :-). Looking back at your posts, I don’t know why I clumped you with those young whipper snappers Mantan & Afrostyling? But y’all got me thinking. In my earlier comment, I referenced Curtis Mayfield and his song “Freddie’s Dead.” I wonder if my point was missed or I blew it? See, I thought Sergio post was designed to get the anti-Help crowd something to cheer about, hence, he was pimpin and pandering and pushing dope. Now, those that ran to his cry were Freddies. You know, getting some of the P-fuck, aka dope that makes them feel real good. Also, Wendell Pierce, although he doesn’t look like Ron Oneal (he’s too fat and ugly) wore the same hat, except he was Super Fly (the song came from the movie Super Fly). Yep, Wendell was pushing scagg, Mexican mud, aka, heroin. All the Freddies’ had to have some of that “oh my po’ grandmother! Why oh why did the make the Help”. Yes sir, hooked like cat fish at the bottom of the muddy Mississippi River.

    So there it is.... “A Freddie’s on the corner now… If you wanna be a junkie (or pusher man), wow!

    But the youngsters probably don’t know nothing about Super Fly?

    And I don’t care what Sergio, AfroPuffs or Shelby Cross says. Seriously, dis here help movie was a fine movie... yes sir reedy deedy. I just came back from taking my bootleg copy to my momma’s house and she loved it. And listen, don’t talk about my momma. *smile*

  • ForeignBlackChick | August 20, 2011 1:24 AMReply

    Funniest comment thread ever lol.

    @Sergio

    I hate your posts on black women(because they seem to be too spiteful for your job of giving us film updates) but props to you for bringing out the psycho commenters this time around lol.

    This was actually fun. Black americans have great senses of humour.

  • other song | August 19, 2011 8:31 AMReply

    @CareyCarey,

    Nah bruh. I'm quite a bit older.

    with that said, no disrespect intended on my early post about skippin your stuff. when you explained where u're coming from, I understood.

    peace and love,

    the other song

  • CareyCarey | August 19, 2011 8:02 AMReply

    other song: "lmao @ tweeting textbooks"

    @ Other Song, I'm laughing with you and to the point, I am heading out to my barbershop and I am sure to cause some mess up in there. Well, mess and laughter lives there (if you know what I mean) but while I'm telling lies and jive talkin', I plan on introducing the tweeting textbook theme. You know, there will be old school brothas and young bucks in the joint, so I'll get various opinions on the world of tweeters and the usefulness of the "text". It should be fun and very interesting. .. and big gut wrenching laughs will hit the floor.

    Now let me guess, you're under the age of 23?

  • CareyCarey | August 19, 2011 8:02 AMReply

    Afrostyling said: “yeah i mostly skip Careycarey’s posts too”

    MantanMan said: “i know, i can’t be the only one that gets confused after ready CareyCarey‘s posts”

    Other Song said: No, you’re not the only one. I skip Carey’s posts all the time. The rambling puts me off.

    Oh me oh my. How could I have been so careless? I forgot that they let the underage tweet sweets in here. So... do u 3 lv me? if ys ck the bx cuz i lik u 2. wil u b my bff? b4 i go, tyl-perry-is-a-coon-&-the-help-is-bad-movie.

    cell phone pic of me @ http://careycarey-carrymehome.blogspot.com/ shw me u, ok

  • other song | August 19, 2011 6:28 AMReply

    lmao @ tweeting textbooks

  • CareyCarey | August 19, 2011 5:21 AMReply

    @ my Mantan Man *lol*, yeah man, seriously, I hear you, and I wasn't mad. Now don't tell nobody, but in reference to my writng style and my blog, I practice over here. I not only write on my blog, I write for other outlets, i.e, newspapers and plays. My style is non-traditional and as you mentioned I'm an old dude *smile*. So, while I'm here, I try to see what works and which age groups hear my "voice" and feel my humor.

    As I've said many times - this place- S&A is a gold mine of information aside from whats poppin in black cinema. I mean, one of my biggest passions is viewing movie, but I get added pleasure by listening to all the opinions of others, i.e, vents, arguments, critics, laughter, cries, moans, you name it, they all give me a peak into human behavior and what moves some, while it turns others off.

    So yeah, thx 4 the hds up. c u latr. But wait, wrkin on pla, cld use yu hlp.

    Seriously, anyone, careydarnell@yahoo.com I need young fresh minds. I'm old-er, but never to old to learn. I am working on a humor based play. It's very hard to "pracice" humor without an audience. Just hit me and say, "hey Carey, what's up?

  • crabsnbarrel | August 19, 2011 4:27 AMReply

    sorry for typos

    And I have this feeling that Pierce isn’t going to be making any films with Davis or Spencer soon, do you?
    __________________________

    I don’t know what reality S&A exists in to think that perhaps it would be Pierce’s choice….it’s Davis and Spencer who are getting praise for their film. No one is talking about Pierce. I’m sure he isn’t making any deals in hollywood. And after Davis wins her Oscar, she will definitely be in the driver’s seat. He’d better HOPE she doesn’t PASS on HIM!!!

  • crabsnbarrel | August 19, 2011 4:24 AMReply

    And I have this feeling that Pierce isn’t going to be making any films with Davis or Spencer soon, do you?



    I don't know what reality S&A exist in to think that perhaps it would be Pierce's choice....it's Davis and Spencer who are getting praise for their film. No one is talking about Pierce. I'm sure he isn't making any deals in hollywood. And after Davis wins her Oscar, she will definitely be in the driver's seat. He'd better she doesn't PASS on HIM!!!

  • BluTopaz | August 19, 2011 3:31 AMReply

    Who cares what Wendell's mother (and all other women who survived that era) thought about the film? Colorblind storytelling is what really matters, and getting our history lessons from Lifetime movies should be required.

    “the insult was that people feel this was harsh when she feels the reality was worse.”

    and in 100 years, textbooks will tweet that Africans begged to be taken from their homelands, Jim Crow was a nice old White man and the Civil Rights movement never happened.

  • Ghost | August 19, 2011 2:00 AMReply

    We all need to get back to writing, acting, producing, or directing.
    ------------------------------------------------------
    We have folks doing that as this site has proven.

    What we don't have because we have sold our kids into thinking being rappers, dumb jocks, welfare lovers and/or jailbirds is OWNERSHIP.

    If we had our own black owned and runned studios and movie theaters-where more variety of our culture could be shown-we wouldn't care about The Help or Tyler Perry.

    Better yet if we stop ignoring any black film that does not showcase the negative images that certain films show instead of acting as if those images aren't real (like a black boy actually going to college on an academic shcolarship instead of a sports one or real black woman that aren't being used as sperm banks orr punching bags by men)

  • mantan | August 19, 2011 1:24 AMReply

    lmao @ careycarey!!!!

    hope you're not mad or anything, man. i was just making an observation and poking fun at the same time, lolol...

    i guess i just don't get some of the references you make...but like you kind of mentioned/hinted at and tried to take a jab at me for... it cld b dew 2 a ginarashunal gap....

    and also to note, i've gone on your blog before. i like it. you make more sense on there than you do on here sometimes.

    peace out!

  • CareyCarey | August 18, 2011 12:31 PMReply

    JMac said: "If you think this is bad, don’t go to the Done Deal Forum"


    Yeah JMac, I think some folks need to understand that this post - from the jump - was frosty black bait. Sergio knew what he was doing when he posted it. He's probaply licking his lips and smiling with a sh*t eating grin on his face.

    For damn near a month, the smallest mention of The Help brought out the worst in movie lovers; black, white, fat and greasy. So all the gut shots, knee jerks and monkey see monkey do, is to be expected.

  • JMac | August 18, 2011 12:09 PMReply

    If you think this is bad, don't go to the Done Deal Forum.

  • CareyCarey | August 18, 2011 11:45 AMReply

    Afrostyling said: "yeah i mostly skip Careycarey’s posts too"

    Now see, I know I'm gonna get in the most trouble for playing with the kitties (even though they're playing the tune), but I thought it was so sweat that afropuffs wanted me to mention her name too. Oooooh, I am so honored.

    Lets see, she said, "Oh Snap! *grabs popcorn*"

    Now that's some deep shit right there. Who would to skip over that? *lol*

    And by the way, what was this post about? What... snaps, cracks, haters, The Help and blast backs? Well, as Schultz would say (from Hogan Heroes) "I know nothiiiiiiiing"

  • hopskotch | August 18, 2011 11:26 AMReply

    From the looks of all these comments! Some of us have too much time on our hands! We all need to get backt to writing, acting, producing, or directing. This shit is getting out of hand. @Serigio I think you want a piece of TP (sexually). You keep this man's name in your writing. I can only imagine!

  • AfroStyling | August 18, 2011 11:17 AMReply

    yeah i mostly skip Careycarey's posts too.

  • CareyCarey | August 18, 2011 10:57 AMReply

    "i know i can’t be the only one that gets confused"

    And you go by the name of Mantan man! *eyebrow raised* And the other song is swinging off your nut sack.... Uuuuuummm. :-)

    I bet you understand that... don't Y'all? *BIG SMILE*

    Listen, Dude and Dudette stop smelling your upper lips and get your tongues out of my ass, DUDES. :-( ¿Entienden eso?

    You guys are like Henny Penny, and she thought the sky was falling down. So I see where you're coming from. Confused!?

  • sandra | August 18, 2011 10:23 AMReply

    I'm afraid "The Help" is becoming Viola Davis' "Monster's Ball".

  • Notorious | August 18, 2011 9:21 AMReply

    Why does Sergio? think that Pierce would not be workingwith the two actresses in the film in the future? He didn't insult them and certainly actors usually don't make casting decisions anyway. If they worked in this film they are likely to work with him if aksed.

  • other song | August 18, 2011 9:19 AMReply

    @mantan,

    No, you're not the only one. I skip Carey's posts all the time. The rambling puts me off.

  • Notorious | August 18, 2011 9:18 AMReply

    Inglorious Bastards IS a comedy and Jews did NOT LOVE it!

  • mantan | August 18, 2011 8:58 AMReply

    i ain't one to keep the drama going....but does anybody understand what careycarey says half the time?

    i know i can't be the only one that gets confused....dude, you are too abstract for your own good.

    and where's adam scott thompson when you need him, i know he would've called bondgirl "coongirl" by now, lololol.....

  • CareyCarey | August 18, 2011 8:40 AMReply

    @ Tired, "I don’t even know why I bother to read the comments sometimes"

    Now that's a good question that only YOU can answer... *eyebrow raised*

    But if you've noticed, there has been over 20 DIFFERENT people reply to this post... doing their own thang.

    You can have the floor on any and every post (hundreds) that are posted on this site... to do YO thang. Say it loud... and you really DON'T have to read ANYcomments .

    "those of us who might actually lend a constructive voice to the fray"

    Huuuummmm... who say ye - be? And how do you spell "constructive" and "fray"? I tend to believe that every voice in a discussion that bobs & weaves (just like in real life), ebbs and flows (just like in real life) are relavant and should be heard. If not, the party might be reduced to a boring circle jerk of like minded individuals. This ain't your granddad's Oldsmobile, baby.

  • Jay | August 18, 2011 8:09 AMReply

    @Orville

    Good questions. The primary demographic of the movie is white females (I can't guess the age range though). It's a film whose dominant theme is about female bonding under extreme circumstances.
    The racial dynamics are lopsided and awkward at best and at worst — seditious.

    But, there must be an element of feminist critique/debate in the relationships of the women presented onscreen. The few black males in the film (the unseen abusive husband is more of a point of tension) are without a voice. So, the dominant themes of women bonding under hardship is the most useful frame of reference, I think.

    Again, the racial context within the Hollywood tradition of 'white saviours' tends to blind the (alleged) virtues of the film; were the characters acting true to the period? Were the protagonists more than 'types'? Are they aware of their struggles within the larger social context?

    How about sexuality? Or religion? How does that play into their struggles?

    For those that liked the film: Did the filmmakers deliver on the promise of emotionally bonding with the protagonists?

    Granted, this isn't my type of movie — I'm not the demographic for this picture — but for those that are: did the racial dynamics destroy the credibility of the story and characters? Did it become only a story of overcoming racial oppression? Or was it more than that?

  • ANGRY MAD BLACK WOMAN | August 18, 2011 7:37 AMReply

    UGH! THE BEEF HAS TO END!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BONDGIRL IS A CHILD! SHE KEEPS ON RANTING SHUT THE F*UP!

  • Tired | August 18, 2011 7:33 AMReply

    I don't even know why I bother to read the comments sometimes. Why can't we state our (educated) opinions without stooping to middle school taunts and jabs? It seems like the same 5 people are on heavy rotation under every single Shadow & Act post: more than likely because those of us who might actually lend a constructive voice to the fray get exhausted by the sophomoric back and forth between the regulars.

    And Orville makes the most sense. It can all be summed up here "Hollywood doesn't care about the black audience, they care about making money" Rather than continue to uplift THE HELP by discussing it can we talk about how we can motivate black audiences to spend money on the up and coming filmmakers who are actually shedding light on well rounded black stories that don't dilute and don't stereotype?

    The filmmakers are making the films they just need more support from "you".

  • Afrostyling | August 18, 2011 7:30 AMReply

    wow...its a war zone in here.

  • Mecca | August 18, 2011 7:18 AMReply

    Orville,

    Yes. It is very sad that we don't have any Black films in 2011 written, produced and directed by Black people. We pretty much only have Tyler Perry. *womp womp*

    I am so tired of people ranting about "The Help" it would not have been a huge success if the script was flipped and a Black person played Emma Stone's role.

    So, people who rave about how good it was are deluded folks.

    *no comment* BondGirl aka Psycho-Whitey

  • B | August 18, 2011 7:08 AMReply

    Much love, Wendell. Knew I always liked this dude.

  • Orville | August 18, 2011 6:43 AMReply

    I have a question for the writers on this blog and other online critics and it is The Help a feminist film? The majority of the cast is female and Skeeter , Abileen, and Minny are supposed to work together to overcome oppression.

    Okay, yes The Help is a racist film that whitewashes the history of black female domestic workers. However, aren't we just moving in circles? Hollywood doesn't care about the black audience it only cares about profit. The reason The Help is a hit is because Emma Stone's character is the center of the film and this can be marketed to white women. I am a bit disappointed some people are trying to say this is a feminist film because it is not in my opinion. This movie just continues the same negativity against black women in my view that they are subordinate to the white woman.


    I like this blog because it lets me know about what black people are doing in the film industry. However, it is also kind of sad that there hasn't been a black film released that has made a lot MONEY besides Tyler Perry flicks.

    And I think that's the quandary, when are WE going to support movies that really make a lot of cash with a majority black cast in quality film roles?

  • BondGirl | August 18, 2011 6:41 AMReply

    @Mecca:

    Aww man, I didn't spell a slang word correctly?? I guess my parents did a good job raising me! All that reading of "Black Negroes Past & Present" paid off!

    As for that IQ crack, I don't know what number it is, but you can ask my alma maters NYU & WUSTL, since they are both 12th & 33rd best in the nation. Now, which community college did you go to?

    Yeah, I'm a white guy...what was the giveaway? The Nat Turner reference or the Malcolm X quote? Do us a favor...increase your dosage of Ritalin to 50mg. Thanks.

  • CareyCarey | August 18, 2011 6:37 AMReply

    Everybody's misused him, ripped him off and abused him. Another junkie playin'
    Pushin' dope for the man, a terrible blow, but that's how it go. A Freddie's on the corner now If you wanna be a junkie, wow! Remember, Freddie's dead.

    That’s right y’all, MoMoney is in the house. Well, that’s what they used to call me when I was doing my thang - back in the day, and I’m here to tell there’s a whole lotta pimpin’ goin’ on! Yeah, game recognize game. And game is made to be sold and not told... but this is a freebie. And as JMac and Darkan noted, watch the dog that brings you the bone. Oh yeah, they peeped that hold card when the sh*t hit the floor... Wendell WHO?... is tweeting about WHAT!!!? Lord have mercy... if that ain’t some sh*t (some dope) for the consolation prize winners.

    Didn’t y’all hear Curtis Mayfield? He said Freddie is dead, y’all, and pimpin’ ain’t easy but it looks like it pays reeeeeeeal good. I mean, somebody said Wendell (who’s playing a middle aged, crude, crass and adulterous married black man who has a sexual affair with a 16 year old white boy) said....., and ALLthe bruised and confused Help haters want some of that dope.

    Freddie is dead y’all, but if you wanna be a junkie, WOW!

    Another junkie pushin’ dope for a man, a terrible blow but that’s how it go, and all the mice came out to play... Come on now, give the drummer some... coughmeccacough “they can attempt to distort images of history in cinema but the real proof exists in history books and minds of many older, wiser individuals like our grandmothers, grandfathers, uncles, aunts etc”

    But don’t look now, cuz JMac got the real dope... that mean green antidote thing! “I’d rather watch The Help than a flick about some fat black closeted married gay man finding kids on the internet for sex. Will the white kid help him express his sexually in ways he couldn’t before? Or maybe the white drug dealer will straighten black chick out”

    OOOuuuweeeee, that’s some of that James Brown sh*t... The Big Payback, and I’m Black And I’m Proud.

    By the way, who posted this and I wonder why.... huuuuummm? **Chorus sings** A Freddie's on the corner now... If you wanna be a junkie (or pusher man), wow!

  • Mecca | August 18, 2011 6:06 AMReply

    @ BondGirl

    You are an idiot! This back and forth feud going on is a waste of time. I need grammar, spelling and writing lessons? Um you didn't even spell ain't properly. LOL

    I find it very hilarious that you are trying so hard to enlighten me about Black history and film when you are a supporter of the film "The Help" . LOL Really? "The Help"??

    I think you are a white person posing as a Black person it is very obvious.

    Oh, and some of those films on your list don't belong on that list.

    BOOM! Class Dismissed ?? Really? You are so lame. Grow up!

  • BondGirl | August 18, 2011 5:51 AMReply

    Mecca,

    Yeah I saw the film...you think I'm like the ignorant critics of the film who only watch the trailer and then comment?

    1. Inglorious Basterds was a comedy?? INCORRECT, IDIOT. It's an adventure war drama. Do your research.

    2. LOL, I'm neither house nor field slave...I am free, see Massa tried to imprison me but I was like Nat Turner and revolted. You are still imprisoned in your mind, thinking ppl are out to get you. As Malcolm X said, "You left your mind in Africa!"

    3. Why I'm on S&A a'int ya business.

    4. Maybe you should spend time getting grammar and spelling lessons instead of critiquing films, especially ones w/ black actors in it.

    5. You say, "Hollywood loves stories that focus on whites saving Blacks from their deplorable, miserable lifestyles and giving them a new beacon of hope." Umm, yeah films like The Secret Life of Bees, Miracle at St. Anna, Seven Pounds, Ray, Hancock, The Pursuit of Happyness, The Princess & The Frog, Law Abiding Citizen, The Great Debaters, Winnie (2011), 12 Years a Slave (2012), I, Alex Cross (2012), Pastor Brown (2012), The Inheritance (2011)...should I go on? Or do you have more militant nutso conspiracy theory bullshit to spew?

    BOOM! Class dismissed.

  • Mecca | August 18, 2011 5:41 AMReply

    "Notorious Bastards" LOL.

    @ DJK

    Don't bother explaining yourself to BondGirl he/she or (both) is a clueless, confused individual on the wrong site w/ an IQ of 85.

  • DJK | August 18, 2011 5:24 AMReply

    @BondGirl @Afrostyling.

    I'll man up that. That was my bad. But for the record, I DID know the name, which is why I caught the error in the first place. The first name I suggested was the exact same name of a friend -- so between that, late morning lull and a brain freeze, there you go.

  • other song | August 18, 2011 5:23 AMReply

    @Bondgirl...

    Nazis were saving Jews in Inglorious Basterds?! wtf? Did you watch the same movie I did?

    or was it some bootleg "Notorious B.A.S.T.A.R.D.S?"

  • Minnie | August 18, 2011 5:16 AMReply

    I think Sergio has a crush on Tyler Perry. He/She does mention his name often.

  • Laura | August 18, 2011 5:13 AMReply

    Hey Mecca

    Don't hurt her!!!! Bwa ha ha ha

  • Tamara | August 18, 2011 5:12 AMReply

    *face palms* *blinks*

    I'm feeling mighty bad about [this dead] horse.

    *winces as the flailing and beating continues*

    “the insult was that people feel this was harsh when she feels the reality was worse.”

    the harshness that is depicted in film (fiction) be it expertly done or poorly directed will always be less than the reality. even a documentary would not display the exact harsh reality of what those women went through.

  • Laura | August 18, 2011 5:10 AMReply

    @JMac

    It seems like you're my go to person. I agree. I found the irony so rich that S & A lifted his tweet and made a posting about his view of the film. Particularly after the heated debate we had about his upcoming film.

    I will say this once and I will say it again. I don't have a problem with people seeing the film. I have a problem with people PAYING to see this film.

  • Afrostyling | August 18, 2011 5:06 AMReply

    Oh Snap!
    *grabs popcorn*

  • Mecca | August 18, 2011 4:58 AMReply

    @ Bond Girl

    Do your research and if you’re gonna comment on film history, stop watching only Do the Right Thing! And btw, there was no savior in The Help…it’s in your mind. The women helped each other.

    Lmao! You are telling me that I need to get my facts straight when you are the one who is really incorrect. "There were no saviors in the help" Ha! Wow! You really gave me laugh with that one. Did you read the book? Did you watch the entire film? Maybe you saw something different than the rest of us who disliked the "Help" and it's falsehood story.

    I did not mention "Inglorious Bastards" for a reason. That is a comedy first off and I was discussing films that were dramas not comedies.

    Do The Right Thing?!? C'mon now is that all you got? Ugh! You are a house negro slave you think just like one!

    Moreover, why are you on S&A?

    You said: I grow tired of every black film like this having to be some kind of healing talisman for black people’s continuing pain. And yet we accept the most vile stereotypes against black men and women in movies made by black people.

  • JMac | August 18, 2011 4:54 AMReply

    Damn Darkan, slipped in there while I was typing. LOL

  • JMac | August 18, 2011 4:52 AMReply

    His sentiment fits with mine on this film.... However, I don't think he's in the position to bad mouth a movie based on its subject matter. If I had to choose between the two, I'd rather watch The Help (bootleg or part of my normal cable subscription) than a flick about some fat black closeted married gay man finding kids on the internet for sex. White Savior vs. Black Pathology - with possibly some White Savior elements thrown in. Will the white kid help him express his sexually in ways he couldn't before? Or maybe the white drug dealer will straighten black chick out. I wouldn't be shocked if either happens.

    Maybe it's just me.

  • BondGirl | August 18, 2011 4:48 AMReply

    @DJK: EPIC FAIL! Get YOUR facts straight!

    @Mecca: Yeah, there was a Nazi movie where they saved Jews...maybe you've heard of it, it got 8 Oscar noms...Jews LOVED it...INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS!! Do your research and if you're gonna comment on film history, stop watching only Do the Right Thing! And btw, there was no savior in The Help...it's in your mind. The women helped each other.

    I grow tired of every black film like this having to be some kind of healing talisman for black people's continuing pain. And yet we accept the most vile stereotypes against black men and women in movies made by black people.

  • Darkan | August 18, 2011 4:39 AMReply

    Really Wendell? Thanks for your opinion but then on your end you're playing a middle aged, crude, crass and adulterous married black man who has a sexual affair with a 16 year old white boy. Hmmm.... Although I agree with him, I HOPE HE APPRECIATE THE OPINIONS PEOPLE ARE GONNA HAVE ABOUT HIS PROJECT.

  • Afrostyling | August 18, 2011 4:30 AMReply

    lol @ DJK's correction fail. You didn't even know the right last name. Lolz.
    Oversabi!
    I dont know why people are still looking up to the NAACP as some beacon of civil rights? Of course they would support this crap.

  • Mecca | August 18, 2011 4:28 AMReply

    @ Gina

    You make a very valid point. We never see films depicting Nazi Germans as "saviors" doing "good" to help "save" poor, lower-class Jews in Hitler's ruling period in the 40's.

    Well, there is "Schindler's List" but other than that when the story involves whites they make sure they tell it there way and not the other way around.

    Whites will forever have blood stains on their hands they can attempt to distort images of history in cinema but the real proof exists in history books and minds of many older, wiser individuals like our grandmothers, grandfathers, uncles, aunts etc.

    Ignore my typos!

  • DJK | August 18, 2011 3:53 AMReply

    @Cynthia.

    Yes, the gifted Octavia Spencer! :) I stand -- double corrected; but at least, it was fixed and credit was given to the right actor; @Sergio, didn't quite catch the gist of your snark. Please clarify.

  • Sergio | August 18, 2011 3:39 AMReply

    @ DJK

    What the hell are you talking about? You mean all black people don't look alike?

  • Duncan MaNutz | August 18, 2011 3:38 AMReply

    Can't argue with "The Buck".

  • Cynthia | August 18, 2011 3:38 AMReply

    @DJK You mean Octavia Spencer, right? Correction made!

  • Shelby Cross` | August 18, 2011 3:31 AMReply

    I agree with Mr. Pierce completely. I did not see the movie but downloaded two chapters of the book on to my kindle from it's sample option and new within the first five pages that the voice of the character was written from a white perspective and that it way "the great white savior" story. I deleted it and told ALLL of my friends that were so excited to see it, to count me out.

  • T'Challa | August 18, 2011 3:30 AMReply

    If you're gonna see it, don't pay for it. You have to "vote" with your wallet. Too bad it already exceeded box office expectations..

    And boycott that JHud, Winnie Mandela pic too, for the simple fact the directors and producers did not even consult Mrs.Mandela on a movie about HER life..

  • Gina | August 18, 2011 3:28 AMReply

    You know, reading his tweets after he saw this film with his mother really hit me because his mother seemed profoundly hurt by the film.

    I hate how well the film is doing because it will just encourage Hollywood to make more films like this and The Blind Side and Mississippi Burning and the countless other films that present a white savior to poor black people.

    I wonder why we continue to put up with these revisionist stories that continuously downplay the harsh realities of the situations African Americans are faced with?

    I have yet to see Hollywood try to sell a feel good film about a German Nazi trying to save a group of Jewish people while depicting that the harshest thing the Jewish people had to go through was just some unpleasant "Mean Girl" like attitudes. They wouldn't, because they know people would have a fit, yet they constantly do it to us and we just take it.

  • DJK | August 18, 2011 3:27 AMReply

    @Shadow and Act Editorial team --

    Please fact check, especially your 2nd sentence. It's not Octavia BUTLER, it's Octavia DANIELS. That's quite a faux pas, given the well-known stereotyping of mixing names and faces, etc. of people of color, by media outlets and the culture at large. (I need not have to give myriad examples!)

  • other song | August 18, 2011 3:18 AMReply

    Yet we sat here and argued about something so obvious.

    I really don't see what's worth defending about this film. and the fact that the NAACP supported it is just worrying to me.

  • Mecca | August 18, 2011 3:14 AMReply

    "Tyler Perry liked it so I guess it must be all right" Ha ha ha

    Pierce is right! Hollywood loves stories that focus on whites saving Blacks from their deplorable, miserable lifestyles and giving them a new beacon of hope.

    Oh, I just shake my head at these deluded white folks who honestly believe that they had a helping hand in "saving" Black people in the deep USA south.

  • Afrostyling | August 18, 2011 3:03 AMReply

    I've always liked this guy.

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