Stop the Presses: The Oprah’s New Movie is Preachy Rant on Racist America, “Too Contrived to Be Believed”

The Los Angeles Times’ film critic Kevin Turan writes:

Though that rating (PG-13) imposes some constraints, the director’s contempt for subtlety, weakness for cliché and perennial determination to wring every last drop of emotion out of a situation are inevitably factors here. …

“The Butler” turns poor Louis into a kind of African American Zelig, present at every key civil rights era turning point. That’s Louis sitting in at a Woolworth’s lunch counter, getting fire-bombed on a Freedom Rider bus, getting assaulted by a fire hose in Birmingham, being with Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis just before he died, donning a beret and becoming a Black Panther as Carol’s hair morphs into an Angela Davis afro.

It’s not that all this stuff didn’t happen (see Stanley Nelson’s excellent Emmy-winning doc “Freedom Riders” to get the full story), but it strains credulity to have it all happen to one person, and all in the context of a strained father-son relationship.

Since I consider the Oprah one of the most repulsive individuals on Earth, there was never any chance I would see this turkey, but I have to admit I was surprised to see a LSM film critic be so, well, critical of it.

And here’s another shocker. You’ve no doubt heard about the Oprah’s “I am the new Rosa Parks because a European sales clerk was rude to me when I wanted to buy a $38,000 purse, but I wish people hadn’t made such a big deal of it” performance. What a coincidence that this episode of hideous racist oppression occurred during her movie promotion tour when the movie is all about racist Amerika! Also from Mr. Turan’s review:

Nevertheless, “The Butler” reveals Daniels’ ability to create believable black middle class situations that are so hard to come by on mainstream screens. (It took the combined efforts of close to 40 different producers to finally make this film a reality.)

But paralleling this gift, and hampering “The Butler,” is Daniels’ tin ear when it comes to white folks, individuals who do not have a fraction of the recognizable humanity of the black characters even in the rare moments when they’re not being racists or morons or both.

Five name actors, from Robin Williams as Dwight D. Eisenhower through Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, play presidents Cecil Gaines served and not one of them is remotely believable. Movie audiences who’ve suffered for decades with unrealistic portrays of African Americans and Native Americans in multi-racial pictures are now being asked to do the same with Caucasians.

Maybe someone can explain to me how a woman who has more money than God can receive credit as some sort of civil rights leader for whining about racism while saying some extremely offensive and stupid things that trivialize horrible crimes motivated by genuine racism like the murder of Emmet Till. That’s “the same” thing as the death of drug-abusing thug Trayvon Martin? Seriously?

I’ll say again that the tremendous success of this shallow and vacuous woman proves what a great country America is.

13 comments

  1. Teri;
    I am glad I found someone who is equally loathsome of Oprah as I am. You know from living in the Chicago land area, she is untouchable and almost considered a god by most people. When I first hear about her “incident” my BS detector starting screaming. This fact just happens to come out while she is promoting a movie about racism? It was just too convenient for me. Now that it has come out she exaggerated ( I could say something else, but I am trying not to spoil a pleasant Saturday morning) it just reinforces my opinion of the whole incident and my extreme dislike for her. Needless to say, I will not be seeing this movie.

    • I am delighted that another kindred spirit has arrived, and I hope you’ll visit & comment often. I want to also suggest you check out my show, live 4-6 pm Central, Sundays, http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Teri-OBrien. Larry Elder is coming back tomorrow, and I’m sure he’ll have a lot to say about this latest phony episode with the Oprah.

  2. Oprah is racist who never, ever should have gotten to where she is although she is in a decline. She should just go hide and screw herself (no one else would).

  3. I hate Winfrey, because she is part of the mega-rich elite who stage wars to destroy life!

    Take this 2009 article from an Irish newspaper

    http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Secret-meeting-of-worlds-richest-people-held-in-New-York-45304702.html?page=1

    Now do you think Chicago media would do this? NO BECAUSE THEY ARE STATE OWNED AND BACKED BY MEGA CORPORATIONS AND THE CIA (OPERATION MOCKINGBIRD)

  4. Thanks so very much! I really appreciate your kind comment!
    Best,
    T

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