Count the Fail: The Help (2011) *Updated*

Lawd, MORE White Women’s Fantasy (I’m working on something to post here about the modern day WWF as seen on various cable shows /shameless self-promotion). Like that Black Voices review stated, there’s no coink-kee-dink that in the age where our FLOTUS is undeniably Black, that WW are having that “good ol’ days” fantasy of when us nigger gals “knew our place.”

I am always kind of confused about what the point of these movies is supposed to be. Is it supposed to make white people feel better about themselves because at least they’re 2011 white people and not 1961 white people? Is it supposed to make black people feel better because even though they suffered a hundred years of degradation AFTER the Civil War and continue to face systemic, politically reinforced economic disenfranchisement to this day, at least someone had the courage to tell the story of how a brave white journalist wrote a book about them? The question I’m asking is: who is supposed to FEEL BETTER after watching this movie? Clearly, based on the emotionally manipulative soundtrack, SOMEONE is supposed to feel better, I just can’t figure out WHO!

Additional Reading

We Just Can't Avoid The Help ~ Racialicious
Ten Things that Tarnish The Help ~ A Critical Review of the Help (blog)

Comments

  1. I think I made my feelings clear right here.

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  2. And you know when this steaming pile of shit flops, it's gonna be because it's a "movie about black people" and how we "don't support our films."

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  3. @ Neo-Prodigy

    Yup, yup...their fuck-up is always our fault.

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  4. (looking at the trailer) Here we go again!

    Neo-Prodigy, as usual you are on point.

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  5. What.in.the.everloving.fuck... I don't have enough fingers...or toes for that one.

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  6. I'm just glad Stockett got smacked with a lawsuit by, ironically, one of "the help."

    For people still wanting to ask "questions" and debate the big pink white privilege elephant in the room, that's one hell of an answer.

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  7. I heard about the book and violent images flashed through my head when I read the summary, if I see the film those violent image may manifest. For the greater good I cannot see this film

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  8. Lol. The first time I saw this trailer a couple of months ago I side-eyed the hell out of this. Emma Stone, I love you, but why are you doing this to me?

    This is based on a book, which according to someone I know is good. I don't know if it actually is, though.

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  9. Oh, sorry. You already posted the link! My mistake. Just ignore that comment then. Hhmm, it looks like the movie would be more bearable than the book. But again, it would have been better if say one of the "the help" took the challenge of writing the story, perhaps through the white woman who has access to those resources. It could be under a pseudonym or something.

    But yeah, not a lot of diversity among the black voices in the film. I don't want to waste money on this. Instead I'd be looking into some black indie films this summer. And of course Citizen Jane.

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  10. Booohiss! This is just terrible. If I want to know about maids in the South I'll go talk to my grandma thank you very much.

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  11. The question I’m asking is: who is supposed to FEEL BETTER after watching this movie? Clearly, based on the emotionally manipulative soundtrack, SOMEONE is supposed to feel better, I just can’t figure out WHO!

    Chris Rock once asked, if white folks are losing the country, "...who's winning? 'Cause it ain't us!" This is a sentiment which I feel applies here, and is why I quoted Witchsistah up top. Her quote basically answers the Video Gum quote.

    Films like these are, in fact, geared towards WP, mainly WW in this case, and it is to make them feel better. A film like The Help is designed to let WW enjoy a story set during a deeply racist time, filled with coiffed, well-to-do white women without a single threatening, socially equal, stunningly beautiful WoC in sight (like modern a sumptuary law). But at the same time, they want to enjoy this racist indulgence guilt-free, and feel they accomplish this by being "2011 white people and not 1961 white people".

    It's the classic having-racist-cake-and-eating-it-too" scenario.

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  12. What the fuck is this bullshit???

    My mother spent some time as a maid taking care of white folks' kids and I will never recover the 45 seconds I spent subjecting my eyes to the above rat turd. I heard enough about it from her; I don't need to be reminded of it through a film like this. Who greenlights this shit?

    But I think I'm going to have to disagree with Neo. This film may not be a complete flop because I believe far too many people fantasize about the "good old days" and will go see this flick.

    What the fuck ever. *sigh*

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  13. This film may not be a complete flop because I believe far too many people fantasize about the "good old days" and will go see this flick.

    If folks can wax poetic about the Antebellum South (as if all whites back then lived in fancy mansions, attended balls by the dozen and sipped lemonade on their wrap-around porches), then why not this?

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  14. Everyone says it is just as offensive as "The Secret Life of Bees" book which I read and hated. It was highly recommended by by bigoted white baby boomer ex-coworker. Glad I won't be there to here her gush about this book/movie.

    When will white people stop rewriting history to make themselves the sympathetic hero who knew racism was wrong?

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  15. @Amaya

    You might be right but if it does succeed, it won't be because of black folks, it'll be because society is nostalgic for that culture and that world....which is immensely true on too many levels.

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  16. When will white people stop rewriting history to make themselves the sympathetic hero who knew racism was wrong?

    Never...but at least it's now common practice to openly poke fun at movies like these.

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  17. Bleah, I know this is an old post, but they had Robin Roberts on GMA doing the segment on this film and she was "gushing." Why Robin why? Why did you not refuse to help promote this travesty?
    What is with these stupid period pieces from the racist south that just use the black people as set decorations?

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