New Film 'The Help' Whitewashes the Civil Rights Struggle into a Heartstring-tugging Hallmark Card, by J.E. Shepherd of

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Image uploaded from a quicklink Hollywood's compulsion for feel-good movies is annoying at best, but when applied to storylines that are ostensibly historical - particularly when they involve issues that people still don't seem to understand - they can be toxic. In The Help's case, the history of civil rights in the virulently racist Southern town of Jackson, Mississippi, is neatly packaged into a heartstring-tugging Hallmark card, set to a rousing Mary J. Blige soundtrack, and completely trivializes the suffering and hard work that went into making civil rights a reality. It also infers, perhaps inadvertently, that after the "60s everything was fine and dandy for non-whites in America, not to mention domestic workers.

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for the Culture section of AlterNet, an excellent ... by GLloyd Rowsey on Monday, Aug 15, 2011 at 9:06:39 AM
last I looked there were something like 300+ comm... by Daniel Geery on Monday, Aug 15, 2011 at 11:13:39 AM
Do you know whether Ms. Shepherd is an African-Ame... by GLloyd Rowsey on Monday, Aug 15, 2011 at 12:57:07 PM
Interestingly, I just met a receptionist at a ... by Daniel Geery on Monday, Aug 15, 2011 at 6:50:37 PM
?... by GLloyd Rowsey on Tuesday, Aug 16, 2011 at 8:39:32 AM
But she sounded completely knowledgeable about the... by Daniel Geery on Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011 at 12:44:14 PM
from Hollywood? If not, then we should not bother.... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Aug 16, 2011 at 9:21:40 AM
said, Mark, and well-analyzed.... by GLloyd Rowsey on Tuesday, Aug 16, 2011 at 10:43:43 AM
and distinctly unequal. I recommend the movie.&nbs... by Daniel Geery on Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011 at 12:46:27 PM
Everything doesn't work out in the end. I am a scr... by Steven G. Erickson on Monday, Aug 15, 2011 at 10:14:26 PM