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Critically, “The Butler” is already getting rave reviews but some are apprehensive about how blacks may be portrayed in the film. One such critic is actor Harry Lennix (“The Matrix” “Man of Steel”), who had some harsh words for the project.

He told Shadow and Act:

“I read five pages of this thing and could not go any further. I tried to read more of it, and I’m not a soft spoken guy, but it was such an appalling mis-direction of history in terms of taking an actual guy who worked at the White House. But then he “ni**erfies” it. He “ni**ers” it up and he gives people these, stupid, luddite, antediluvian ideas about black people and their roles in the historical span in the White House and it becomes… well… historical porn. I refused. […] While any sort of aberrant behavior happens in any community, it has become normative in black cinema that we are these bestial, deprived people, and I refuse to play with that.”

Race relations are always a sensitive topic, often eliciting impassioned opinions on both sides of the fence. Will you go see “The Butler”? What do you think of Lennix’s stance on the film?

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  • I’m still waiting for a film to be done on Bessie Coleman. The first female African American pilot. Her life was short, but I bet it was very interesting. That’s something positive that came out of a bad sharecropping situation.

    • Brad

      Yes yes yes yes and I thought it was being made years ago staring Angela Basset but, I was wrong…

  • @sarah

    No on is trying to ignore that it happened. We just don’t want the same story being told over and over especially when there is so much more to us