The Help

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There has been much analysis of the recently released blockbuster adaptation of the bestselling novel, The Help.

Last week Professor Melissa Harris-Perry began live-tweeting as she sat through the movie, concluding that it “reduces systematic, violent racism, sexism, and labor exploitation to a cat fight that can be won w/ cunning spunk.”

Articles in Entertainment Weekly, Colorlines, and Guernica have broken down the film’s “historical whitewashing” of the civil rights era, and offered suggestions for more realistic, less “tone-deaf” narratives on the subject. And The National Domestic Workers Alliance released “Today’s Help” a short film about the ongoing issues domestic workers face in this country.


Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →