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Is help based on a true story? Release in theaters in fall of 2011, Help was adapted To Screen based on the best-selling novel of the same name written by Kathryn Stockett. Following the success of the book's release in 2009, Help was quickly turned around with Tate Taylor directing an ensemble cast that included Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Jessica Chastain. The main plot of Help focuses on a trio of main characters in 1960s JACKSON, Mississippi. Davis and Spencer play Aibileen Clark and Minny JACKSON, two Black maids working for white families, while Stone plays Eugenia Skeeter Phelan, young aspiring writer. After Skeeter returns to her hometown of JACKSON, she becomes interested in telling stories of Help to show other white people what their experience is like. Help was a big success, earning over 200 million worldwide and was nominated for four Oscars, with Spencer winning for Best Supporting Actress. Now that Help is available on Netflix, film has become one of the top titles on the streaming service amid the Black Lives Matter protests, and many might wonder if the story depicted is based on real life. Whether Help's story is fact or fiction isn't straightforward answer, though. As with Stockett's novel, overall story is a fictional one. Help is not inspired by the true story of a writer in the 1960s who published books holding multiple life stories of Black maids. Although this narrative is fictitious, one character in the book-and, as result, movie-was inspired by an actual person. Stockett claims that Help is a fictional story, but she was sued in 2011-several months before the film's release-by Black maid name Ablene Cooper based on claims that her life was the inspiration for Aibileen Clark's story. Ablene was a maid for Stockett's brother and babysat her daughter once. She sued Stockett for unauthorized appropriation of her name and image. Besides sharing a similar first name, life story of Aibileen mirrors Ablene's life as her son dies shortly before Stockett's first child was born. Speaking To Daily Mail at the time of the lawsuit, Cooper say: bigger issue for Cooper, however, was the fact that Help's Aibileen suffers from tragic loss that was seemingly lifted from Cooper's own life: despite claims of similarities between Ablene Cooper's life and the story of Aibileen Clark, Ablene's attempt to sue Stockett was unsuccessful. She sued Stockett for 75 000, But case was dismissed in late 2011 based on one-year statute of limitations. This was the result of Ablene having possession of Help book for more than a year before the lawsuit against Stockett was file. So far, there is no legal proof that Aibileen's Story in Help was based on real life, but similarities are difficult to ignore, even if overall story of book and movie are works of fiction.

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Coverage1755-
CategoryFolklife
RegionsSouthwest Louisiana (Acadiana)
Time PeriodsAntebellum Period , Civil War Period
Index letterE

For record, most published novels are by WHITE men and women in America. That is nothing new. And African Americans are quite use to laying down dollars even when minority isnt part of the cast. Kathryn Stockett wrote a book that turned out to be a bestseller. But so does Sarah Palin. That doesnt mean either novel is a literary masterpiece and doesnt have failings. Some loved both books, some do Some will love help, and others wo Why do African Americans end up not enamor with book, and in some cases also films are important not only to other African Americans, but it should also be to whites who may wonder why either one isnt uniformly beloved. The same can be said for other works created by whites portraying black culture. Jazz Singer, Birth of Nation and other movies had stereotypical scenes and dialogue with cork paint, black face WHITE actors. Many Americans love those films too, and didnt think anything was wrong. African American critics and some sympathetic whites had to point out why movies were offensive and not well received by the black community. Next come real African Americans playing stereotypical roles, from Stepin Fetchit to Eat n Sleep to even Oscar winner Hattie McDaniel. They had to act and speak dialogue that was demeaning, yet the audience howled with laughter. Stepin Fetchit even became a millionaire for his antics. Help is simply a return to the past, with black actors playing the same roles Hollywood once strictly relegated African Americans to previously. And guess what? WHITE writers wrote scripts back then too. It seems everything old is new again.

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