August 4, 2011, - 3:39 pm

“The Help”: Lib Author Rails Against Racism, Then Rips Off Black Maid; My Black Housekeeper

By Debbie Schlussel

It’s never a surprise when White limousine liberals who lecture us about racism are, in fact, racists and users of Black people, themselves.  Liberals are hypocrites.

Liberal Hypocrite Kathryn Stockett, Author of “The Help,” Ripped Off Her Black Maid

And so it goes with Kathryn Stockett, author of “The Help,” the best-selling novel, in which Stockett decries the way White Southerners allegedly treated Black maids in the ’60s.  You’ve probably heard of the book and seen publicity for the movie, “The Help,” which debuts in theaters, next week.  (I grew up with a Black maid, too, and it was nothing like this book.  More about that, later, below.)

While Stockett made many appearances and gave many lectures against the “racism” and “poor treatment” of the Black maids, she ripped off the identity of her brother’s Black maid for her book, defamed her, and refused to compensate the maid for the use of her name and likeness out of the millions she made off the book.

Ablene Cooper, a Black woman who was Stockett’s brother’s maid, was used for the book, despite her express request that she not be included.  She has since filed suit against Stockett in Hinds County, Mississippi.  Read the lawsuit complaint.  Rather than admit that she is a racist hypocrite who stole from this poor Black woman and settle the case by giving Ms. Cooper her due, Stockett and her lawyers are fighting the suit and seeking to have it dismissed.  Read Ablene Cooper’s response to the motion to for summary judgment, as written by her terrific lawyer, Edward Lloyd Sanders.  If you read the complaint and the response, you will see how very obvious it is that Kathryn Stockett is a thief, a fake, and–yes–a racist.

Cooper’s lawyer, Sanders, granted interviews with only three media sources: The New York Times, Ebony, and He declined to respond to ABC News and other similar mainstream media outlets.

To those of you who are not lawyers and may not know this, every person has an exclusive right to the use of his/her name, likeness, and/or image in commercial use.  The law is very clear about that.  And, yet, despite the law and despite Ablene Cooper’s express wishes not to be in the book, Kathryn Stockett, being the uppity White liberal do-gooder-against-racism that she is, did it anyway.  And, again, she gave Ablene Cooper–who babysat her daughter–not a single penny from the millions she made from the book, movie deal, appearances, and countless other money-making opportunities she got from ripping off Ablene Cooper and defaming her in a book that lectures us against racism.  If that isn’t hypocrisy, I don’t know what is.  And I think it’s quite clear that the real racist here is:  Kathryn Stockett.  And she’s a fraud.

It’s funny.  In the book, “The Help,” Skeeter–the character based on phony  “anti-racism” crusader Stockett–gives a significant portion of her book advance to the Black maid named Aibileen (which is pronounced the same way Ablene pronounces hers).  In real life, Stockett gave Ablene nothing as she continues to make money off of her.

In addition to having essentially the same name, the character in the book has a gold tooth, a son who has died, and employment as a maid for a White family in Jackson, Mississippi–all characteristics of Ablene Cooper.  But, far worse than that, the book portrays the maid as being ashamed of being Black, comparing herself and her skin color to that of a cockroach, and discouraging the White children for whom she cared from drinking coffee because it might make then turn their skin black.  All of this has dismayed Ms. Cooper, who is an older Black woman and didn’t want to be embarrassed this way or be in the book at all.

But Kathryn Stockett expressly refused Cooper’s request and right to privacy, and ripped off her name and destroyed her reputation.  The movie is being heavily marketed to the Black community and to liberal White women, none of whom know the real story here about the dissing of Ablene Cooper.  The New York Times even referred to “The Help” as a “history lesson.”  PUH-LEEZE.  Some real history is missing, like what Kathryn Stockett did.

Yes, none of the media hype for this book and next week’s movie includes even a mention of Ablene Cooper’s lawsuit.  Watch this disgusting video interview by liberal fraud–and new ABC syndicated talk show hostess–Katie Couric.  These chicks are liars.

I am told that, in the book, a Black maid takes revenge on the White woman who fired her by giving her a chocolate pie in the batter of which she defecated.  You stay classy, Kathryn Stockett.  (Hey, someone’s been taking racist cooking lessons from Jesse Jackson, who famously bragged about spitting into White people’s salads, when he was a waiter.)

Looks to me like the only woman who should be eating fecal material pie is Kathryn Stockett.  Her book is full of it, apparently.

Remember how this racist author treated “The Help,” when you consider seeing the movie of the same name, next week.


When I grew up, we had a Black maid, and we treated her quite well.  Her real name was Velma, but she preferred that we call her, “Wilma.”  And so we did.  But you’ll never see a novel or a Hollywood movie about our relationship with Wilma. It bucks the typical liberal narrative of the evil White people mistreating the saintly, magical Black maid.

My parents often picked up and dropped off Wilma at her Detroit home, rather than asking her to take the bus.  When Wilma’s house in Northwest Detroit burned down, my father gave her the money to buy a new one, although he could never afford to buy us a new home.  My father helped Wilma pay to put her kids through private school.  And, although my father could never afford to retire, Wilma retired to Scottsdale, Arizona because my parents paid her well.

My parents were very generous with Wilma, feeding her, giving her expensive gifts at Christmas-time, providing her and her family with free medical care, and helping her out when she was in a financial bind.  My paternal grandparents, for whom Wilma worked, treated her equally well.  We never made her use a different bathroom from the ones we used, as they do in the fictional “The Help.”  My father always told us to treat Wilma with the utmost respect, as he and my mother did. She was like a member of our family (whom we treated far better than we treated family).

Yes, our experience–and the experience of many American Whites who employed Black housekeepers–is nothing like the preachy, hypocritical view put forth in “The Help.”  And that’s why you’ll never hear about it.

I make no apologies, just as my parents and grandparents did not, for the fact that we had a Black maid and gave her a job and an income.  After Wilma retired, we had Russian and Polish maids who were White.  No one wrote a book about that, either, because, hey, there’s no liberal racism narrative involved.

I’ll remember how generous we were to Wilma, and how our relationship was one of very generous employer and employee and even better.

Race had nothing to do with it.

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63 Responses

Its amazing millionaires are so stingy with their money. I read in the tabloids that’s former California Governator Schwarzennegger won’t pay his wife alimony, child support or her lawyer’s bills. Unlike many divorced fathers, he certainly can afford to be generous, considering the dissolution of his 25 year old marriage was his fault. With some rich people, greed isn’t simply enough. Its showing those beneath them their place. And like the old true and trite saying has it, “charity begins at home.” That’s true regardless of whether you’re a best-selling author like Kathryn Stockett or a famous ex-Gov. Treating the people in your life badly is never a way to win other people’s sympathy or lasting respect.

NormanF on August 4, 2011 at 4:45 pm

I’m not a lawyer, but I read the lawsuit and indeed, she is a scumbag liberal – first, for trying to steamroll the poor black plaintiff by requesting for dismissal and second, for just not paying her the $75K she asks for in what is clearly a scumbag liberal ripoff of the black maid’s persona in the book.

Yep, liberal’s hearts bleed like no others for poor oppressed people of color… as long as it OPM that’s being bled.

Nice article, Debbie.

DS_ROCKS! on August 4, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Well, what do you know. The second coming of To Kill a Mockingbird has crash-landed.

Do as I say, not as I do.

I got so sick and tired of all these semi-literate liberals picking this book for their moronic book clubs, because they wanted to choose a book that made them feel good that they were “doing something”, and that didn’t require reading skiils beyond the fourth or fifth grade.

Little Al on August 4, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Well, what do you know. The second coming of To Kill a Mockingbird has crash-landed.

    The second coming of To Kill a Mockingbird was written in 1968, more than 40 years ago. It’s a novel called The Advocate, by Borden Deal. It’s about a lawyer in the rural South, defending, not a Black man unjustly accused of rape, but a warped, cruel, miserly, DEAD, old, White woman. Her grandchildren perjure themselves green, orange and blue, contesting her will, the lawyer successfully defends it: “A bad person made a thoroughly valid will.”

    Miranda Rose Smith on August 5, 2011 at 3:40 am

Debbie, please keep us updated on Ablene’s lawsuit. I hope she cashes in big.

Road Warrior on August 4, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Yes, please do.

    Miranda Rose Smith on August 5, 2011 at 3:26 am

I’m so disappointed to read this, as I loved the book. I won’t read it again, I’ll no longer recommend it to friends, and I definitely won’t pay to see the movie. Such a shame that the real Ablene is being treated this way.

Dawn on August 4, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Well,Dawn- looks like you and I are the only ones who actually read the book. I enjoyed it, too. I got news for all you Yankees. Life in 1960 Mississippi was not the same as life in Motown. I grew up in suburban Detroit, but lived for a few years in Mississippi in the late 1960s – it was still a very rough place to be for black people and white Yankee transplants such as myself. There are two issues here: was the story in The Help authentic? Is the author a bloody hypocrite from Mississippi who didn’t learn any lesson at all? The book pointed out just what you said, Debbie – there were people who treated their maids very well and there were those who were horrible to their Help. I guarantee you the apartheid of Mississippi was real back in those days. The story shows us how far we have come, well, some of us have come.

    Sioux on August 4, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I’d never heard of “The Help” until “20/20” brought it to my attention. They had an interview with Ms. Stockett and all that stuff like that. I’m not sure how you would feel about that.

Ghostwriter on August 4, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Any chance of a scandal involving Harper Lee?

Little Al on August 4, 2011 at 5:25 pm

I am surprised that there is not a count for slander, particularly regarding the book states that the maid defecated in a pie and served it to her employer.

Incidentally, while we did not have a maid working for us when I was young, a number of our friends did, and with but one exception, the black maid was treated as a member of the family. No one, save that one family, mistreated their black maids, and the mistreatment was that they were going to not give her a good recommendation if she left them.

This is the typical behavior of a liberal.

I bet the NAACP doesn’t make a peep, as they do nothing for the average black person, unless they can make a buck or two.

Jonathan E. Grant on August 4, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I bet the NAACP doesn’t make a peep, as they do nothing for the average black person, unless they can make a buck or two.

    Jonathan E. Grant on August 4, 2011 at 5:38 pm


    Dear Mr. Grant: Years ago, when I was doing a lot of volunteer work for Amnesty International, I wrote to the NAACP, asking them to please write a letter on behalf of a political prisoner in Syria. I asked them for five minutes of their time and one postage stamp of their money. They weren’t prepared to expend it.

    Miranda Rose Smith on August 5, 2011 at 3:51 am

Very interesting article, I had no idea. I also did not know that little tidbit about Jessie Jackson. Thanks for the info, and yes please keep us posted.

Sharon on August 4, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Poor Ablene! I hope she wins her lawsuit, and wins big.

Michelle on August 4, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Poor Ablene! I hope she wins her lawsuit, and wins big.

    Michelle on August 4, 2011 at 5:49 pm


    So do I.

    Miranda Rose Smith on August 5, 2011 at 3:28 am

I just reviewed Mississippi’s Statute of Limitations law. It is a high standard to overcome.

Negligent infliction of emotional distress is always a very difficult claim to win, particularly with the set of facts in this case.

Speaking of liberals, I remember that the upper part of the 16th Street corridor in Washington,DC had, and still has, some of the finest homes in the city. These homes were all owned by white liberals, who pushed for every civil rights cause. They would march from the Eastern Shore of Maryland down through Alabama and Mississippi.

Then, bussing was introduced into their neighborhoods, and the white neighborhood turned into a black neighborhood faster than day turns to night. Unbelievably beautiful homes in the “Gold Coast” section of DC were sold for a song.

The people who fled moved to Potomac, Maryland, in Montgomery County where they continued to preach their liberalism, while sending their children to Walt Whitman High School, one of the two whitest schools in the county. Others sent their children to the whitest private schools.

In 1972, George McGovern was a big advocate of racial busing. He lived in Washington, DC, and sent his pot smoking daughter to what was then the other whitest school in Montgomery County, Maryland. He did not want his daughter to go to what was then a very good but racially mixed high school, known as Woodrow Wilson High School.

Jonathan E. Grant on August 4, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Spot on.
JG, also spot on.

samurai on August 4, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Kathryn Stockett may be a giant-sized hypocrite, but I take issue with the notion that she’s the main villain here. That honor goes to the black woman who took a dump in chocolate cream pie batter as revenge for getting fired (as if her boss didn’t see something wrong with her to begin with!). This behavior is gross, disgusting, unsanitary, sociopathic and, yes, criminal.

This isn’t the first case I’ve read of this sort of disgusting black behavior. I distinctly read a couple years ago where Jamaican reggae/dub producer Lee “Scratch” Perry was in the studio with the hardcore band Ministry, and took a crap right on the floor right in the midst of a recording session. A couple decades earlier he’d burned down a recording studio.

What a nauseating collection of people.

Seek on August 4, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    That honor goes to the black woman who took a dump in chocolate cream pie batter as revenge for getting fired (as if her boss didn’t see something wrong with her to begin with!). This behavior is gross, disgusting, unsanitary, sociopathic and, yes, criminal.

    Did that happen, or was it just a sicko fantasy of Ms. Stockett’s? I haven’t thought of this in DECADES, but years ago, I read a thriller in which a Black maid is fired, and as a parting gift, she prepares her employer a cup of Ex-Lax hot chocolate. Another incident, in a work of fiction, that I was just reminded of: In Anne River’s Siddons’s Heartbreak Hotel, there’s an incident described in which a retarded Black man, in a small Mississippi town in the 1950s, is given a large amount of laxative chewing gum, with predictable results. BOY-are you prodding my memory: once in high school, a teacher told me what may be a true story or it may be an urban legend; a high school girl was given a cake with Ex Lax baked into it, by some “friends;” she died of dehydration. Isn’t memory a funny thing? All I meant to say, when I started this posting. was that I suspect the incident was fiction!!!!

    Miranda Rose Smith on August 5, 2011 at 3:19 am

I knew this piece of tripe was a bunch of um-gala-gala when I first started seeing articles on it. My “stay away” odometer was going full-tilt boogie. I have also seen people reading the book in public and I would eye them curiously.

These Liberals are something else. Savage nailed it when he proclaimed “Liberalism is a mental disorder”. They are constantly projecting because the stink of their shame is too much to bear.

And NEVER forget the Liberal’s party DEMOCRAT gave us Jim Crowe laws and stood in the way of CONSTITUTIONAL rights for the blacks of the 60s. And their programs have decimated the structure of the black family to utter shambles.

THAT is what Liberalism REALLY did to black Americans. I pray everyday these Americans wake the eff up and see that they have been used and abused and that they will NOT take it anymore. They are Americans and deserve ALL the good they can get from that…but they have to look inside first to steel themselves for the long fight back!

And I pray Ablene Cooper gets what is properly hers from this disgusting hypocrite. How can they even stand themselves???

Skunky on August 4, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    And NEVER forget the Liberal’s party DEMOCRAT gave us Jim Crowe laws and stood in the way of CONSTITUTIONAL rights for the blacks of the 60s.

    It’s “Jim CROW.”

    Miranda Rose Smith on August 5, 2011 at 3:54 am

      Miranda, go shove it. You’re petty tit-for-tat is embarrassing and tiresome.

      You’re like a sad narcissist…always thinking in every post DS is offending YOU. Get over it, schoolmarm plus!

      Skunky on August 5, 2011 at 8:51 am

        Miranda, go shove it. You’re petty tit-for-tat is embarrassing and tiresome.

        You’re like a sad narcissist…always thinking in every post DS is offending YOU. Get over it, schoolmarm plus!

        Skunky on August 5, 2011 at 8:51 am


        Dear Skunky: Don’t you mean “YOUR petty tit-for-tat?”

        When did I say anything to suggest that Debbie was offending ME?

        Miranda Rose Smith on August 7, 2011 at 4:28 am

    And I pray Ablene Cooper gets what is properly hers from this disgusting hypocrite.


    Miranda Rose Smith on August 5, 2011 at 3:56 am

First off, if this movie is being marketed to blacks, it is wasted money because blacks will have no interest in seeing it.

Second, this is not so much a race movie as it is a Marxist movie. Hollywood can’t make overtly Marxist mainstream books and movies because there aren’t enough Marxists for them to make a profit or for them to get their message across. So, instead, they use the racial angle as a draw, or coating. The real message and intent of the book and movie is to attack a capitalist system that forces people to be employed as maids to begin with. In a socialist or communist society, because everyone would be basically equal economically, there would be no one with the economic need to work as a maid, and no one with the economic ability to hire one. While the original communists were viciously racist (one really should read what Karl Marx really thought about black people, for instance!), American communists saw early on that they could exploit the race issue and use it to stealthily promote their agenda, with early examples being their involvement in the Scottsboro boys case and then their working to create the NAACP. You have to realize that if their goal was actually to end racism, there’d be a lot more positive, uplifting movies and books about blacks and whites living together and helping each other. But as their real agenda is to use racism to promote Marxism, reducing racial tensions actually isn’t in their interests.

Third: don’t make too much of the fact that white families in the Jim Crow south treated their black maids well, “like part of the family.” Black maids – and others with a similar station – were no threat to the economic and cultural system. So why bother mistreating them? It was the “uppity” blacks who challenged the cultural, social and economic order by aspiring to become doctors, lawyers, engineers, entrepreneurs etc. that received the ill treatment. As a matter of fact, as black maids reinforced the Jim Crow system as opposed to challenging it, those who supported Jim Crow had every motive to keep blacks living under Jim Crow as happy as possible so they wouldn’t aspire to anything more. And to a degree, it was effective. Blacks that had comfortable, financially stable lives because of holding positions of some privilege under Jim Crow HATED the civil rights movement because the controversy threatened their own good situations, and they were called “sellouts” and “Uncle Toms” for that reason. (Of course, the civil rights movement was nothing more than a Marxist fraud – see point 2 – so perhaps had SOME of the sellouts and Uncle Toms been heeded, Booker T. Washington for instance, things might have turned out a bit better, but that is besides the point. Kinda. Well, not really. Anyway …)

The biggest failure of American conservatism was allowing the Marxists to hitch a ride on the race issue. A huge portion of the mess that this country is in right now is due to that single failure.

Gerald on August 4, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Gerald, what a very interesting post. I enjoyed it.

    I think you’re right on the first point. Movies marketed for blacks today are just as shi**y as the music marketed for blacks. As if the whole population of blacks have only ONE taste (ghetto!) and can’t and won’t stray from that small genre. It absolutley makes me sick. I don’t know what is more sad, that they market their crap films like that or certain blacks actually keep to that lemming choice. Bleech!

    I watched the whole video above. That author is such a fraud and big-noted her chat with Vernon Jordan…that’s nice fraud writer, but I wouldn’t brag about it.

    And the git is YOUNGER than me but says she did NOT understand the power dynamic of her family’s maid (Demitri) until she was 30. I see that as a glaring character flaw because DS described her experience with her family’s maid and it reminded me more of MY experience with a woman who helped my family. We treated the women well and she was a part of my life until she died and was a HUGE influence on my family.

    This book will make certain whites drown in white guilt, but not me. I know who I am and I would have NEVER treated anyone the way they did in the book. And I have the experience to back it up. And I don’t carry guilt of what others may have done in the past.

    (I wonder if the white women in the end (around 42 minute mark) thought the interview would make her squirm as much as it did? That I got a kick out of.)

    Skunky on August 4, 2011 at 10:05 pm


    One of the best posts I have ever seen on this site. No kidding.

    Red Ryder on August 5, 2011 at 10:47 am

Liberals are hypocrites.

Dear Debbie: My father, of blessed memory, was a liberal. My mother is a liberal. Neither one is a hypocrite.

Ms. Stockett is not only a racist. She seems to lack respect for the human race as a whole. It’s quite possible to combine a racist attitude towards Blacks with a high opinion of the human race as a whole, and that raises your attitude towards Blacks, even if you ARE a racist. Gone with the Wind, anyone? Mammy is portrayed as very intelligent.

Miranda Rose Smith on August 5, 2011 at 3:24 am

I am not surprised that another limousine liberal is being a exposed as a hypocrite. I really dislike (the word hate I reserved for pedophiles, rapist and other scumbags of society) these liberals because they do the worst damage to society. These liberals are the ones telling us about global warming and that we need to cut back on travel especially on automobiles but yet they can still travel on their Hummer limousines. These liberals also lecture us on the evils of racial profile especially when it comes to Muslims in airports but yet proclaim loudly that Christians are more of a threat to our safety.

I hope the black maid wins her lawsuit and breaks the bank on the scumbag author. Funny it would be that this author gets sued to the hilt. This would be poetic justice since liberals are either suing or threaten to sue people they disagree. Time for them to get a dose of their medicine.

Mario on August 5, 2011 at 6:45 am

Many liberals are amongst the worst racists in the country, but due to the fact that they are quite insane, they of course are not capable of realizing it… the various “programs” and “changes” they have pushed over the years are way beyond just “leveling the playing field”. To claim that “the underprivileged minorities” *(i.e. Blacks and Hispanics) have an unfair disadvantage due solely to the color of their skin is not what is served any longer by things like “affirmative action” and “diversity programs”.

Liberal leftists have pushed racial quotas for use in hiring and scholastic admission, which has led to lowering of admissions and testing standards across the board…. this is RACISM of the WORST order, as it is DISTINCTLY and CLEARLY stating “Blacks and Hispanics are not capable of competing with Whites on an intellectual level, therefore, standards must be lowered to levels that will allow them to compete”. All Blacks and Hispanics should be in an UPROAR over this abject offensive insult. Why they aren’t is a discussion for another column.

Doda McCheesle on August 5, 2011 at 9:55 am

Even Alex Haley was smart enough to quickly settle his plagiarism lawsuit for basically copying a white mans book and calling it “Roots”. It’s all about the money.

ender on August 5, 2011 at 10:01 am

What a surprise…NOT!

I’ve never met a liberal who wasn’t a hypocrite. It just isn’t possible.

Liberalism is all about power and money. That’s it. It has nothing to do with helping poor people, it’s just to feed the liberal’s ego and justify their loathesome behavior, just like in this instance and every other one.

Jeff_W on August 5, 2011 at 10:39 am

Oh, I forgot, bravo Debbie!!!

You are one of the very few voices in the wilderness willing and able to bring these issues to light.

Jeff_W on August 5, 2011 at 10:40 am

You have to admit though, Deb, it is a rare occurrence when a lib can be accused of hypocrisy. After all; hypocrisy does imply that there has been a breech of moral principle.

shegundala on August 5, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Why is it inherently racist when white people hire a black maid? What’s wrong with giving someone a job? I thought it was racist if you DIDN’T do that.

David Lanham on August 7, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Dear Mr. Lanham: Who said it was racist when White people hired a Black maid?

    Miranda Rose Smith on August 8, 2011 at 9:24 am

Yeah,Deb,I’ll BET you had a black maid named “Velma/Wilma”,but YOU SURELY WOULDN’T CONSIDER a black boyfriend!!!!(Not that I or
any other black man in his right mind would give the FIRST,let alonde the second look to your crypto-fascist,racist a**!!!!)

Life-Size Brett doll 1953 on August 8, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Yeah,Deb,I’ll BET you had a black maid named “Velma/Wilma”,but YOU SURELY WOULDN’T CONSIDER a black boyfriend!!!!

    If he was Jewish, nice and smart, I’m sure she would.

    Miranda Rose Smith on August 8, 2011 at 9:37 am

Mario,if you aren’t a racist,don’t tell your buxom blonde daughter-assuming you have one-that she should date n****rs,the way you right-wing nuts enjoy doing!!!!

Life-Size Brett doll 1953 on August 8, 2011 at 9:29 am


Life-Size Brett doll 1953 on August 8, 2011 at 9:30 am

Mario,if you aren’t a racist,don’t tell your buxom blonde daughter-assuming you have one-that she shouldn’t date n****rs,as you right-wing nuts ALWAYS seem to tell your daughters/sons!!!!

Life-Size Brett doll 1953 on August 8, 2011 at 9:31 am

Little Al,most right-wingers CAN’T EVEN READ AT GRADE FIVE LEVEL!!!!!(Besides being obese and horrifically ugly-Limbaugh,O’Reilly,Hannity,etc.!!!!)

Life-Size Brett doll 1953 on August 8, 2011 at 9:33 am

Miranda, that’s the whole point of the title “The Help” and the picture showing the White girls as spoiled brats. That it’s supremacist when White people hire a maid.

David Lanham on August 8, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Well, this is just gross. I read “the help” several months ago, without knowing any of this, and it made me incredibly uncomfortable for the very same reason. It just feels offensive somehow that stockett, a white person, feels the need to tell black women’s stories for them (as if toni morrison, alice walker, zora neale hurston et al. never existed). And to tell them in such a patronizing way, in a manner that perpetuates the “magical Negro” stereotype (see: Case in point: the scenes describing Abileen’s almost supernatural ability to convene directly with God where others’ prayers failed struck me as a smack-you-over-the head example of this archetype.

And now this. Stockett’s heroine is portrayed as the Savior of All Black People (and I can only assume she had herself in mind while writing this character), an arrogant fantasy that assumes, on a basic level, that black people are incapable of saving themselves. And now the real-life Stockett uses abilene’s image for her own profit, without her permission (and after specifically being asked NOT to do so), without even bothering to get her story right or involve her in any way in the telling of her own story. Some savior.

Note, I’m a liberal (sorry), but I like to think I retain some degree of common sense, and this pretty much baffles the mind. What a selfish hypocrite that woman is.

Meg on August 9, 2011 at 8:34 am

I’m tired of hearing Uncle Tom being referred to as a sell-out. He adamantly refused to give in to his master’s demands, clinging to his faith in God, instead. To the death.

That’s not a sell-out.

Uncle Tom has been totally dissed by the population at large, and I’m sick of it.

Long Live Uncle Tom!

Michelle on August 9, 2011 at 3:13 pm

The only good thing I can report, Debbie, is that quite a few blacks and liberal white women are speaking negatively against this book/film — they object that a white woman is attempting to “speak” for black women of that time. I was neutral on the subject, but after reading this, I hope they’re able to convince some people not to buy the book or see the movie. I certainly won’t be paying for a ticket after reading this.

Faye on August 9, 2011 at 8:48 pm

And ,like “Roots”, no matter how much of the book, and it’s author,is exposed as lies,or even half-truths,too many people will believe it,especially, the “mainstream” media ,Hollywood,Broadway,the most expensive colleges, and other Leftist-dominated strongholds of mass communication, will continue to preach it as being true.

Conservative web sites and writers that expose it like you have, will be slandered as racists – “the kind that want Jim Crow laws back, Separate-But-Equal back, separate drinking fountains back”,etc,etc( Can’t you already hear the geniuses at MSNBC childishly screeching that? ). And years from now,it will be accepted and believed by too damn many people to be able to change the minds of.

Phineas on August 13, 2011 at 2:10 pm

If no option – for the book or the movie – was offered to Miss Ablene, then she has a case against the author, publisher AND the studio that made the movie. She could easily be looking at $1M plus. Why on earth would this lawyer let her file a suit to cap damages and NOT cover attorney fees is beyond me. I think he’s in cahoots with Stockett.

Heather on August 14, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Such strong criticism from such a ‘classy’ southern lady WHO HAS NOT EVEN READ THE BOOK and clearly doesn’t know the ‘back story’ of the lawsuit. That lawsuit is nothing but sour grapes from her employer (an estranged family member of Ms. Stockett) and has absolutely no merit whatsoever. You calling Ms. Stockett a racist liberal is about as accurate as me calling you a Sarah Palin-loving, right winged teabagger who has no problem writing such libelous slander on her blog and probably is planning on voting for Rick Perry. You don’t know her and I don’t know you. Both are wrong, but something tells me you don’t give a ‘pie’.

Katia on August 14, 2011 at 12:13 pm

LOL what does this have to do with “Liberals” and why do you make blanket statements as though they are facts? FACT is that there are as many asshole “Liberals” as there are asshole “Republicans”. Assholes come in all shapes and sizes and parties.

Seriously if you want to engage in serious conversation, which is a good topic, then stop the baiting. By using words such as “liars” and “liberal fraud” and the cliched-to-death-Palinism “mainstream media outlets” and you immediately make thoughtful readers suspicious that all you want to do is rile people up to get page views to your web$ite.

I’ll wonder if we asked “Wilma” about her life she’d possibly not agree that it was all peaches and roses & free houses and private education, and if your family was soooo saintly as you portray then she’s the one in a million exception.

ML on August 14, 2011 at 3:12 pm

you’re kind of an idiot. sorry to break that news. Not to mention you had a maid in Detroit, dumbass. Far different from Mississippi. The things you say about her aren’t all true either. Your dad bought her a house? Please. And I’m sure her maid salary isn’t why she could afford to retire to Scottsdale.

You’re obviously pissed of at the portrayal of some of your idiotic ancestors who treated others as less than human.

Spend more of your time going to college so you can sound smarter when you go off on the internet and use such hateful rhetoric. “liberal fraud” what the hell? Your goal is clear – spread hate and negativity.

I think Stockett should pay up – so you make that one good point, however it’s hard to tell since so much ignorance runs throughout your post. Your agenda is so clear and so misled.

Poor WILMA! I’m sure she has a voice and it wouldn’t echo what you said – and yes – as ML posted – if your dad was such a saint to Wilma then she is one in a million.

LAura on August 15, 2011 at 3:14 am

she got her suit tossed:

Time Wave on August 16, 2011 at 6:03 pm

This Stockette lady just posted a story about how she had to submit her manuscript 50 times and got rejected each time. I read a page in New York Mag that sort of contradicts this. They speak about how the actress in it knew Stockett and they were going to make a film about this before the book came out. Sounds like it was all pre set, with her contacts all made before she even had the book published.

Jeff on August 17, 2011 at 1:47 am

Eugh. And I was going to watch the film before i read this. How dare she clameto be doing the right thing, writing a book about the disgusting racism. what a lying fraud

Esther May Brown on November 9, 2011 at 12:33 pm

The movie takes every stereotype you’ve ever been brainwashed with about white southerners and black employees and perpetuates it in the movie at almost a comical level. They did all but put devil horns on the white people and halos on the black people.

They made this movie to fit exactly what people wanted to see. People of all races absolutely love to see whites portrayed as ditzy, oppressive, hillbilly-ish, mean, snobish, and cold-hearted. And they love to see blacks portrayed as poor, quite, patient, super wise, obedient, loving, and ever so tolerant. You’ve seen this movie 20 times only under different names, and it’s really getting old.

REMEMBER: The novel is fiction; embellished to sell books and get a ‘fave’ from Oprah, and then the movie was further embellished to sell tickets/DVDs, but for some reason everyone treats it as if it’s a historical journal. It certainly is not.

Jibbs on January 7, 2012 at 2:27 am

Personally I have to say that this article is pretty flawed…YES it is wrong of Kathryn Stockett not to reimburse Ableen Cooper, as the character is clearly based on her. However, this article draws on the fact that in the novel Skeeter paid Aibileen a down payment for the book and uses this to claim Stockett is a hypocrite, but it must be noted that Stockett had 50 rejection letters and no idea if the novel would ever be published, whilst Skeeter in the novel had confirmation from a leading publisher that it would be. Furthermore, just because the story of the pie wasn’t to your taste, doesn’t mean it was a racist insult…and anyway, Stockett is writing to entertain; she needs to include funny chapters so as not to alienate her audience from an otherwise serious book. You have to consider that Celia Foote (a white woman) considers herself ‘friends’ with her maid minny in the novel, suggesting that your criticism that positive relationships between white people and their maids is not explored is misguided. Whilst an accurate representation of how every family treated their maids would be historically interesting, it would also be (no offence meant) incredibly boring. By focusing on the negative treatment of maids in 1960s Mississippi Stockett has written a provoking novel which is a good read. Finally, I find it astounding that you have written an entire article on this subject…without having read the book. Surely an educated woman such as yourself understands that scandal sells- of COURSE you have only heard about the more controversial parts of the novel, but that doesn’t mean the rest of it isn’t an interesting and entertaining piece of work.

Cat on January 14, 2012 at 9:39 am

the case against the author is different. if a person writes about something , doesn’t means she follow the same rules. we must evaluate a book after reading it, not after evaluating the author, you cannot make a rule that only angels can write a book. It is true that many white people treat their maids with respect but many misbehave too, and the age in which the story takes place is much different from today’s scenario. And nobody is congradulating minny on her deed.Even minny repents after doing so.There are white people in the book like Skeeter,Celia,and others who are first human then whites.Maam,your article looks like a jealous person’s one sided comment.your article will reach many people who will form a prejudice against the book even before reading it,which is unhealthy.I saw the movie,yes it has several stereotypes but it creates a small ripple in our heart which is good.Better than Blockbuster movies with vulgarly stereotyped women and crappy story which nobody criticise about .what an irony!

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She changed the name of the maid. Don’t most writers create characters based on people they know? It’s not like she used her real name. Don’t generalize, not ALL LIBERALS are bad, just like not ALL CONSERVATIVES are bad. This is a pretty crappy review. And even if she DID rip her off, that doesn’t make her racist.

Celine Signoret W on November 29, 2015 at 4:45 pm

Debbie, I came up with an idea for a story when I saw your personal story. A conservative family has an African American maid, whom they treat extremely well, and this liberal family next door doesn’t have a maid, and not knowing the situation, criticize them, (the eldest sister, Laura grows up to be in the ISM and uses Corrie as a pawn. One of the few positive qualities she has is that she loves her younger sister, Lauren, who’s a liberal too). Meanwhile, there is a “liberal” family across the street who preach the liberal values and don’t practice them. They also have an African American maid, but they treat her terribly, yet they are admired and are presented as angels while Carly and her parents are sometimes demonized and never admired. Carly doesn’t like liberalism. (she grows up to attend Evergreen University just to see if she gets brainwashed, spoiler, she doesn’t and she even somehow finds a few conservative friends there.) Carly, who, unlike me, is a conservative, is a good person and so is the rest of her family. There are some conservative jerks though in my stories.

Robyn on October 15, 2016 at 10:58 am

I’m a liberal, and I think that Ableme should get what she deserves. I also think that the author of “The Help” is a hypocrite. I was also planning to read “The Help”. However, this made me decide not to read it after all. Also, thanks to both this and your story, I came up with a very moral conservative family (not every conservative in my stories are immoral and not every liberal in them are moral, however those liberals are to me, “liberals”, not liberals), with a black maid named Aileen whom they treat extremely well. Sadly, that family is demonized, which annoys the parents, the daughter, who isn’t brainwashed, named Carly and it annoys Aileen, who’s friends with the maid across the street. Next door, there is a liberal family that doesn’t have a maid, and they are angry at Carly’s family. (They have heard rumors that Carly’s family Meanwhile, there is a “liberal” “family. In that family, there is the author/housewife (like Carly’s mom except that Carly’s mom isn’t super lazy), the Actor on Broadway, (unlike him, Carly’s dad is a decent CEO), Hope (unlike Lauren, she’s cruel and mean, but everyone loves her because of her “liberalism”, which is public and never private, and Larry, who is really really lazy (he’s your stereotypical lazy liberal, when he grows up, he’s on welfare and slacking off, while Carly went to Evergreen then Harvard and made something of herself, she may have had an inheritance, but she also made herself richer by working hard. Larry meanwhile is still slacking off. However, at least he actually does believe in the liberal platform, and most of the time only goes out to protest or even occasionally help somebody who’s poor, which Carly actually does sometimes, which annoys a lot of the liberals he goes out with. They also have a maid named Anijah, whom they act as if they treat her well, but in reality, they treat her poorly. Nobody knows that though because they don’t see the mistreatment. Worst of all, every one loves them. The mother is also the sister of Carly’s mom (Carly’s grandparents are politics neutral, and the father is a WW2 pilot).

Robyn on October 15, 2016 at 11:34 am

As a liberal, I am horrified by the hypocrisy. I was actually planning to buy “The Help”, but now I either won’t read it, or I’ll borrow it from the library so she won’t get anything out of me reading it. Also, I want to write a story about a conservative family who treats their maid nicely, a liberal family without maids who unknowingly condemns them, and about the “liberal” family that lives across the street with an abused maid. To make matters worse, that so called liberal family is not only related to the conservative family, but they are also made out to be angels while the conservative family is demonized. There is one person in that family who isn’t as much as a liar as the rest of the family, but he is a lazy couch potato. It’s set from the 80’s to now. All three families are successful.

robyn on October 16, 2016 at 11:40 am

Y’all haven’t even read the book and you think she’s a hypocrite? And please with the stories about treating black people so well. Y’all got to be goddamned stupid.

KK on December 12, 2017 at 9:13 pm

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