Lesson Learned From “The Help”: Eat Fried Chicken.

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?

About andrea grimes

Andrea is a journalist living in Austin, TX. She has a master's degree in anthropology and did her thesis work on gender and stand-up comedy. Seriously. Also, she has a bunch of cats. Three of them. Is three a bunch? Discuss.
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2 Responses to Lesson Learned From “The Help”: Eat Fried Chicken.

  1. zack says:

    Over in FW, both Kristian Lin and and (never thought I’d say this) Christopher Kelly had thoughtful pieces in their respective rags about the film’s racial politics, and one of our last remaining independent bookstores, the Dock Bookshop, is hosting a panel discussion on the film soon.

  2. joereform says:

    Have you seen it yet?

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