Tweet of the day

Posted by · 1:45 am · August 16th, 2011

Not the beginning of a regular feature, I should explain. But sometimes an RT doesn’t feel like enough.

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  • 1 8-16-2011 at 7:16 am

    m1 said...

    Ha! Priceless.

  • 2 8-16-2011 at 9:39 am

    Cordy said...

    That’s great.

    Kris, did you see Attack the Block? I don’t remember hearing your thoughts on it.

  • 3 8-16-2011 at 1:56 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    Get me Edward Zwick!

  • 4 8-16-2011 at 8:47 pm

    Maxim said...

    I find the irony of how self-satisfied this tweet is hilarious. Why don’t you pat yourself on the back some more, you glibertarians? You are far worse then anything in that movie.

  • 5 8-17-2011 at 12:54 pm

    Fitz said...

    I guess this means with Borders closing and video stores a relic of the 90’s we’re stuck with guys like this spending all day on twitter.

  • 6 8-24-2011 at 7:35 am

    Ligaya said...

    Thanks, Guy. L.O.V.E. it. Now that I’m on the road and done with all the preparation, I may be able to check in once in a blue moon – maybe.

    With all the prep work taking my time, I still haven’t seen The Help a 2nd time – but I did have an in-depth conversation with a black political activist friend who read the book and saw the film together with her adult daughter. I asked about their reactions to each, comparisons of book with film and why The Help is so popular in the black community.

    Coincidentally, my local paper – the Oakland Tribune – ran an article last Saturday and an op-ed on Sunday. All this I’ll probably post in the thread re its box office dominance.

    Meanwhile, I picked up “History by Hollywood: The Use and Abuse of the American Past,” by Robert Brent Toplin, for times like yesterday when we sat on the tarmac for 1.5 hours because of Chicago weather.

    Quoting Alan Parker (“Mississippi Burning”) re playing fast and loose with the facts, the book said:

    “Mississippi Burning focused on whites for purposes of box office popularity and Alan Parker acknowledged the reasons for the decision openly. ‘Our heroes are still white, the director explained, ‘And in truth, the film would never be made if they weren’t.'”

    Substitute women, lesbians/gay/transgenders, disabled, national minorities, other minorities other than blacks in that equation.

    One of the rationales for distorting real facts and history is that millions of people will be exposed to and educated on the issue of racism and the complex relationships between the black maids and white mistresses in The Help – more than say watched PBS’ Eyes on the Prize.

    That may have been true on Eyes on the Prize (1997?), but I know the nation was riveted – all colors – on the tv series Roots. Since the rise of popular, critically acclaimed and popular documentaries like Hoops, Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke and even Four Little Girls on tv and dvd, the issues of racism and class became part of the national conversation. When Philadelphia came out, the issues of AIDS and homophobia were addressed in maintream film for the first time (that I remember). Brokeback Mountain pushed the boundary of homophobia even more, in a major, major way.

    I’d argue that the subtle – not so subtle and absolutely glaring to others – message in The Help is a step back like a slow-acting poison.