Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sunday Reflections: Messages From The Help

This week a popular movie called The Help hit the scene. This movie was very special because it was originally a book in which maids revealed their experiences. As the movie was promoted critics quickly started talking.

One critic focused on how the movie was very unnecessary. Their focus was about how it was just another example of a white person saved some black people from their harsh lifestyle. There criticism made some strong points, but after watching the movie I found all of their comments irrelevant. I even found the sob stories people told about watching the movie irrelevant. Instead of some civil rights story about black people moving up or even some story about a white woman saving the day, I viewed the movie totally differently.

The first thing I pulled out of the movie was writers really are underestimated. Throughout the whole movie the writer in the movie was disrespected by her so-called friends and thrown unimportant demands. However, she didn't leave people with this childish attitude. Instead she used the power of writing and retaliated hard.

Another thing I pulled out of the movie was people really do like the NeNe's and Tami's of the entertainment industry. NeNe Leakes is one of the stars of Real Housewives of Atlanta. She's known for being mean, funny, and at times caring. While her actions can be seen as childish, many people has given her the strong black woman award. Tami Roman is one of the stars of Basketball Wives. Years ago she went through a messy divorce, but never let go of the anger. She's known to want to fight over things others never seen, create drama from rumors she's heard, and start drama. She's also known to turn into a nice lady once the drama has calmed down. They are both television stars, but the funny yet mean lady of The Help was Minnie.

Minnie had a lot of issues going on. One of those issues was acting and talking before thinking. That issue caused her to struggle for work, but make everyone in the city and everyone that eventually read the book laugh. Actually everyone in the movie  laughed, which proved the point that the mean black woman role always wins.

Overall, the movie was excellent. At first I thought I'd be watching another civil rights lecture, but that's not what it was. It was literally the story of what black maids went through.

(Sidenote: Some people are under the impression that black women don't give a damn about their children. They think black women party and always look for others to handle their responsibility. The Help definitely tells a different story.)

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