Maids that steal. Maids that don’t just spit in the soup, they put feces in food. An otherwise loving employer turns imperious and fires a maid to impress her ladies club president. A grateful employer cooking dinner for her maid. Ugh. White people didn’t love that much and black people didn’t hate that much. This !@#$%^&* pseudo-sensitive flick is over-the-top with stereotypes in black & white. What if…Kathryn Stockett, who was born in Jackson, Mississippi, actually interviewed real maids and real employers?
I imagine there would be maids fired for m’lady hocking her ring and blaming self-same maid. I imagine there would be maids given out-of-date food for their lunch. I imagine there would be whites talking about uppity civil rights workers deserving what Medgar Evers got. I imagine there would be gratitude without gushing by employers. This revisionist history is to make whites feeeeel goooood but it perpetuates the most toxic stereotypes in doing so.