The Help International Trailer, Or; How to Make the Civil Rights Movement Cinematically Friendly for White People

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | June 9, 2011 | Comments ()

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | June 9, 2011 |


This is the second trailer for The Help that we've seen, and it does nothing to dispel the notion that the movie, based on Kathryn Stockett's "sensational" best-seller, is Kentucky-Fried Disneyfying the Civil Rights movement. The white women are shrill and racist; the black maids are patient and wise. And Emma Stone's Skeeter character is courageous and understanding. Cue another Motown track.

Doesn't mean I don't want to see it. Doesn't even mean I'm not looking forward to it, because I am. I just wish the "courage" spoken of in the movie were actually applied to the story and its tone. But then again, the idea is to make white folks feel good about the progress African Americans have made, not feel bad for making it necessary.

Get entertainment, celebrity and politics updates via Facebook or Twitter. Buy Pajiba merch at the Pajiba Store.

The Guard Trailer: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle and Mark Strong. Need I Say More? | On Her 30th Birthday, We Benjamin Button Natalie Portman to Make You Feel Creepy About Your Crush

Bigots, Trolls & MRAs Are Not Welcome in the Comments


The Pajiba Store

Privacy Policy