Opinion: “The Help” Causes Controversy

The writer believes that “The Help” does not accurately represent reality.

Written by TERRENCE SUN / Published September 23, 2011

The film, The Help, which was released on August 10, elicited a negative reaction over the inaccurate racial depictions, especially with African American women.

Based on a 2009 novel by Kathryn Stockett, the movie, The Help was a commercial success, generating $5.5 million.

However, many audience members were shocked by the movie, as the film continued inaccuracies already shown in the book.

The dispute was centered on the movie’s distorted facts and incorrect historical background. There was no focus on the sexual harassment and civil rights activism that was present during the 1960’s.

Many of the experiences that the African American workers had to go through were largely ignored despite the movie’s purpose of a triumph over racial injustice.

The actors in the movie are respected and the criticism is not against their ability to act. Rather, it is a statement against the facts in the movie that are not representative of the South.

Movies are powerful tools that can spread ideas and words very quickly. The fact that this movie is based on a historical novel should make the movie all the more reliable.

Moviegoers tend to trust what they watch when it comes to a historical narrative. It is an awful idea to distort the aspect of African American lives to fit the mold of a standard movie.

A large portion of the public now has an inaccurate view on history because the movie industry wants to make a few extra bucks. The recognition that rightfully belongs to the civil rights activists was disregarded. The historical information needs to be correct in order for a movie to be appropriate for release.


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