There’s nothing like a Hollywoodified summer weeper about a heroic Singularly Good White Lady saving Mammy ‘N Friends from the bonds of systemic racial and class oppression to make you hungry for fried chicken, am I right or am I right, y’all? This is an excerpt from Dallas Morning News food critic Leslie Brenner’s blog post in the wake of the The Help‘s opening this week:
Have you seen “The Help“? I haven’t yet, but apparently people are leaving the theater hungry for fried chicken and other Southern delights. I just got a call from the Gene and Julie Show — Gene and Julie were wondering where I like to go for Southern food. That’ll be the subject of a segment on their morning show on 103.7 Lite FM on Monday morning at 8:20 — tune in!
I know we can’t expect people to walk out of this movie with some kind of epic consciousness-raising experience–Prof. Melissa Harris-Perry said in her take on the film that it was “ahistorical and deeply troubling” and glosses over some of the very real, very significant threats and actual instances of rape, lynching, etc. experienced by black domestic workers at the time–but I guess I believed people were a little more nuanced in their brain-areas than to come away from a movie depicting egregious acts of racism in everyday life thinking, FRIED CHICKEN ANYBODY?