Despite Being Rejected by Black Female Historians, The Help Rises to #1

22 Aug


Your Black World reports

Say what you want about the new film, “The Help,” but you can’t say that it’s not a hit movie.  In its second week, the film has surged to number one at the box office, earning $20.5 million, according to

The film has now earned $71.8 million, in spite of costing only $25 million to make. 

"Sensational word of mouth is making this an event for adult women," says Gitesh Pandya of "And male business is slowly expanding, too."

“Planet of the Apes” took second place, earning $16.3 million, giving it a total of $133.8 million since it was released.

“The Help” has drawn fire and media attention, after the author of the book, “Kathyrn Stockett”was sued when her brother’s maid found that the story of the woman in the book closely resembled her own.  Also, leading African American female scholars, such as Duchess Harris, have stated that the film is problematic from both racial and historical perspectives.


11 Responses to “Despite Being Rejected by Black Female Historians, The Help Rises to #1”

  1. Catalina Velasquez August 22, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    Is this a true story did this really happen in that time.

    • giddy August 22, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

      Welcome to the”black world”. I think it’s weird it be came so popular in it’s second week? Probably because white people wanted to see it but figured most of the brother’s being loud would show the first week! When the second week came they like -“we better see it before it’s out of theaters!”

      • giddy August 22, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

        I just found out that the girl was not “black” so cancel the “black world” part and insert “Man’s world”

  2. 47tennis August 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

    We can be in denial about our past, but it does not change it. There were many good people who treated Blacks well. Whites who know the truth are just as bad because many of them would not have survived if not for their Black maids.

  3. Bettye Pullley August 22, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

    I didn’t raise a child but I lived as a 14 Black female cleaning house and couldn’t stay in the house when the white man ate his lunch or dinner. I was told to sit outside on the back porch until her husband finished eating and would leave the house going back to work. My spirit was broken because the feelings were I wasn’t good as the white people.

    • Shannon Dryer August 27, 2011 at 11:22 pm #

      I used to work for white folks too. The reason you had to sit on the porch was to make sure that the white husband did not try to rape you. Not because you were not as good as them but that you were more desireable than his wife.

  4. HULLDOGG MAXX August 25, 2011 at 10:03 pm #

    Whether you like it or not or want to admitt it. It is Black History so it can not be denied. It can only be embraced by Black folks from the positive and truthful aspects that it presents and assault our senses.

  5. Gilda Rogers August 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan was the lone dissenter in the 1896 Plessy vs. Ferguson decision that said “separate but equal” was the law of the land said. He did not consent to this law because he said that Black and White people were inextricably linked together for life. With that being said, The Help is a slice of the relationship between Black and White people at a time in this country’s history that shows us the good, the bad and the ugly of those relationships. All White people were not bad or dehumanized their help, although particularily in the South, they did. This movie/book, from my opinion is not a historical biopic but rather the author’s perspective from her own experience that as mired as it may seem to some who have criticized it . . . it is a slice of American folklore of Black and White relationships that has captured the attention of many. The Help has seemingly inspired a dialogue about race in this country in a provocative way and for that reason I appreciate it having come to the forferont. Instead of demonizing it we should use it to have a USEFUL conversation about RACE in America


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