So, Is The Help Racist?

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The Help is out, and maybe you've seen it — certainly a lot of people have, since it grossed a strong $5.5 million on Wednesday and earned an A+ CinemaScore. Still, not everyone is so enamored with the racially charged drama, including the Association of Black Women Historians (who say in a statement that "The Help distorts, ignores, and trivializes the experiences of black domestic workers") and Tulane professor Melissa Harris-Perry, who claims that the movie turns an important civil rights period into "The Real Housewives of Jackson, Mississippi." Do they have a point, or does the movie have real value?