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Despite your lip service to criticism,, you use the quotes at the end of your article to perpetuate the old stereotypes. You are saying that the young black people of today are rescued by a white writer, just as "Skeeter" supposedly rescued the black maids in 1963. How condescending of you. After getting your money quotes, did you bother to read any commentary by African-American writers about the film? Here's a start:
A thoughtful movie review:
An interview with Abilene Cooper, whose name, appearance and life story was used without her permission:
Actual accounts of what it was like:
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The difference between the actual events you describe in your article and the purely fictional events imagined in "The Help" is akin to the difference between a paper bag full of delicious ripe peaches from the farmers' market and a plastic container of high-fructose-corn-syrup gummy peaches from Walmart.
Don't be so hard on The Pilot. Fayetteville Observer is a daily paper with larger staff. The Pilot had a link to their initial article online by 4pm -- I saw link in my RSS feed -- and they have been updating the article as more information emerged. But by this point (Friday morning) the Friday paper is printed and the next edition isn't out 'til Sunday. It's nice to read The Pilot online, but it's a bit much to expect their free web version to be a daily paper when subscribers are only paying for a thrice-weekly paper.
There is a list of events on the lower right hand corner of the home page, but the Springfest is not mentioned. I stopped subscribing to the Pilot when I realized I would have to dig thorug --sometimes unavailingly--through the paper to find out about local events.
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