Melissa Harris-Perry tweeting her thoughts on the movie The Help live while watching it on August 10th 2011
She later said on MSNBC that it was the periphery of that story that she took issue with, arguing that “the African American domestic workers become props” for the white protagonist, and that it reduced the struggles of laborers in the South to light Hollywood fare.
“This is not a movie about the lives of black women,” she clarified, as their lives were not, she argued, “Real Housewives of Jackson, Mississippi… it was rape, it was lynching, it was the burning of communities.”

Melissa Harris-Perry tweeting her thoughts on the movie The Help live while watching it on August 10th 2011

She later said on MSNBC that it was the periphery of that story that she took issue with, arguing that “the African American domestic workers become props” for the white protagonist, and that it reduced the struggles of laborers in the South to light Hollywood fare.

“This is not a movie about the lives of black women,” she clarified, as their lives were not, she argued, “Real Housewives of Jackson, Mississippi… it was rape, it was lynching, it was the burning of communities.”

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    I absolutely love and adore this woman.
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    MHP nailed it—it’s a form of escapism wherein everyone gets to ignore...history....
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    That movie/book made me so fucking angry. It’s pretty horrible overall. It’s like someone wrapped up subtle racism in a...
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    melissa harris perry, marry me. please…..
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    While I agree that The Help is definitely problematic, I think that it’s dangerous to take a one sided view of anything....
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    As if you needed any more proof that Melissa Harris-Perry was a fantastic human being Seriously though, I still haven’t...
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    bolded for emphasis