Melissa Harris-Perry: ‘The Help’ movie ‘ahistorical and deeply troubling’
Tulane Professor Melissa Harris-Perry broke down for Lawrence O’Donnell the new feel-good move The Help, which downplays the plight of black women during segregation.
“The problem is that it is so ahistorical as to be inaccurate,” Harris-Perry said Thursday after seeing the movie. “Look, the issues that faced African-American women were not ‘Real Housewives of Jackson, Mississippi,’ ‘Mean Girls’ behavior, it was rape, it was lynching.”
“I know there are a lot of bad movies and troubling books, but this one got to me.”
Watch this video from MSNBC’s The Last Word, broadcast Aug. 10, 2011.