We saw the movie The Help this week. I read the book a year or so ago and loved it. There's such a lot of controversy about it, but to me it's an important book and film. I don't see it as pure entertainment. There may be some exaggeration in a few scenes (I can't say—I wasn't there). A couple of situations seemed a little off, but overall it's outstanding. The main characters, Aibilene
), Minny (Octavia Spencer), and Skeeter (Emma Stone), were outstanding. Alison Janney, Cicely Tyson, Celia Foote. Sissy Spacek—they were all fabulous. Davis
To me, this is an important story that needed to be told. Too many young people won't have any idea what it was like. Everyone must know about the terrible events such as the horrible, shameful murders of Medgar Evers and Emmett Till, the savagery in
, and Martin Luther King, but what about the everyday lives of the ordinary people? The maids, who had no voice, who were denied dignity, who faced it all routinely? They endured it with stoicism (at least outwardly) and courage. I have only praise for the wonderful black actresses who brought this story to life for new generations. I want my grandchildren to see it. Birmingham
I know many people hated it, but it happened. It's not over yet, but it's part of our history and we need to know. How else can we fight it? How do you feel about it?