Comment of the Day: #thebutler

While gossip blogs are the epitome of buffoonery on the web at times, occasionally in the comments section, there are some rather intelligent commentary being shared. Today on, founder Natasha did a post about the film director of The Butler, Lee Daniels’ somewhat controversial interview with The Huffington Post. He expressed his opinion on a number of racially-tinged subjects. One commentator, under the name of “Porsche Weaver” (commentators usually have silly pseudonyms) had this to say about his new film, which follows the life of a black man who was once a slave and went on to serve under 5 presidents, with a great focus during the turbulent decade of the 1960s. Some are calling the film another ode to the subservient or struggling African-American, akin to 2011’s adaptation of The Help.

The Butler is set for a August 16, 2013 release and stars a great cast led by Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Terrance Howard, James Marsden, Minka Kelly, Robin Williams, Liev Schreiber, Lenny Kravitz, Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Jane Fonda.

Watch the trailer below the comment:

Blacks in Hollywood kill me with being politically correct for Hollywood. His movie is called The Butler about a post slave Butler who worked in the White House, and served under 5 Presidents, ok, good story to tell, but if Daniels wanted to be ground breaking, he should direct movies that depict blacks as more than abused,tormented, black folks. What about making movies about How Hockey was created by black workers in Canada, or the first Heart Surgeon that was black, or the 13 black scientists that were apart of the creation of the First Atomic Bomb,or a story of Malcom X and his involvement in the First African Union,the black woman whose genes were used to discovered vaccines,etc in the medicine globally. So many other stories to tell, rather than domestic work. I appreciate black domestic life in films, but can we be more? If black Hollywood won’t take a stand than who? If black Hollywood won’t fund better and creative films than who? We want our children to take pride in who they are, but fail to realize that black kids will only see themselves in maids,butlers, and not in the faces of scientists,explorers,inventors if they don’t see that.

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