Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Quote of the Day

"'oh I loves me some fried chicken' this line was just uttered in #TheHelpMovie #Seriously"

-- Melissa Harris-Perry, who's live-Tweeting as she screens The Help for an upcoming critique

Her take on the latest fling in Hollywood and pop culture's longtime love affair with "magical negro" and "white savior" storylines is both hysterical and unbelievably sad.

I just keep thinking about Chuck D, Ice Cube and Big Daddy Kane's reaction to Driving Miss Daisy in Public Enemy's Burn, Hollywood, Burn.

Update: Turns out the critique was for O'Donnell's show on MSNBC. This was her on-air appearance tonight:


Shaw Kenawe said...

I just saw Melissa Harris Perry's review of "The Help" on the Lawrence O'Donnell show on MSNBC.

She ravaged the film, explaining it glosses over the real suffering experienced by African-American women living in the Jim Crow era, and essentially, the film has no connection to reality, but is, depressingly, nothing more than a feel-good fiction about "magical black women" who get their revenge on mean white women through making pies.


Try to catch it on video if you can. Prof. Perry is devastating.

Liquid said...

If there's one thing I dislike more than feel-good Jim Crow films, it's women with hyphenated names.

Of course I like MHP so she gets a pass.

toastie said...

Why isn't Melissa Harris-Perry hosting the 6PM hour on MSNBC instead of Al Sharpton? Get MHP a timeslot, pronto.

liquidlen said...

Watching Lawrence O'Donnel read tweets to me made me want to slice my tongue open with a razor and then drink a gallon of salted lemonade.

Luke Weiss said...

there is a woman.

VOTAR said...

Cunning Spunk?