What to Make of Black Women Playing Maids and Other Stereotypes in Hollywood?

5 Aug

Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer in "The Help"

by Renee Greene, Your Black World

“The Help” opens in theaters August 10.

In the midst of new millennium accusations of racism in Hollywood, and with the “underhiring” of blacks in the movie world for major A-list roles, it appears that black actresses can still find roles forged out of perpetually stereotypical characters. The Help, a best-selling novel-gone-silver-screen, is centered on the lives of Aibileen and Minny, two black maids living in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s. The maids are portrayed by African American actresses Viola Davis andOctavia Spencer.

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2 Responses to “What to Make of Black Women Playing Maids and Other Stereotypes in Hollywood?”

  1. Bob Lee August 6, 2011 at 12:07 am #

    Oft times, it is this image of the A-Typical ex communicated African slaves of America that reassures white America of the great divide between slave and master. Take for instance ‘The Color Purple’, all the violent and sadistic nature and images of white people in that movie seemed not to be the focal point. But, black men expressing what they believed it meant to be a man – which was actually a sick version of whiteness. So, sure go ahead, play the role, maybe the simple wisdom of innocence will again heal the demented world of our captors.

    • Blkpanther August 6, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

      This is the 2011 version of the Color Purple and Driving Ms Daisy…Steven Speilberg is the director of this movie “The Help” as well as “Color Purple” and we all saw how well black people were depicted in those movies with all the deflecting of whites behavior put upon blacks, with us acting out white peoples role…

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