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The Onion Reviews 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' - Video

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Significant, important, historic - and the Onion manages to bring a smile. **ONION NEWS** HUMOR

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Kit B (276)
Monday August 19, 2013, 7:30 am
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Please take just a couple of minutes to watch the The Onion review the movie "The Butler"

JL A (281)
Monday August 19, 2013, 8:07 am
Excellent timing--I was just told by someone yesterday who had been that I absolutely must go and see this film...they tell me Nelson Mandela is also a part of it, although this critic failed to mention him!

Kit B (276)
Monday August 19, 2013, 8:15 am

I was thinking I should do that this week, it most certainly has brilliant cast. Thank you, J L.

lee e (114)
Monday August 19, 2013, 8:50 am
A movie of such historic and significant value must cost a pretty penny with a cast such as the remarkable one assembled - I'll be attending this very soon at a theater near me - (about a block away) - can't wait - I hear it's historic, significant and important!

Kit B (276)
Monday August 19, 2013, 9:07 am

I heard that too Lee, important, very important, historic and significant. LOL! Thank you.

Pat B (356)
Monday August 19, 2013, 5:10 pm
The local newspaper did a review on this film yesterday and it was great.!! While I know that (it's important)..I do plan on seeing it also, at the theater here. Thanks, Kit for this very important post. ;-)

Past Member (0)
Monday August 19, 2013, 5:17 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Sheila D (194)
Monday August 19, 2013, 6:30 pm
Don't see until movies come out in DVD, as no longer go out to theater...not on my budget. But will add to my list of must see rentals. Thanks.

Alan Lambert (91)
Monday August 19, 2013, 8:58 pm
Funny stuff, all the reviews I've seen call it great and I REALLY wanna see Robin Williams as Ike

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Monday August 19, 2013, 9:22 pm
I will NOT be going. How dare Oprah have hanio jane in a film about our country. That witch supplied money to the enemy that killed my brother. Why is she allowed to live in this country :(

Jonathan Harper (0)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 4:24 am

Dot A (182)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 8:56 am
I eagerly attended this opening movie, and while I found value on many levels, I was also quite disappointed in the many untrue parts of the story - only to make personal political points, which are creating more problems for our diverse cultural background. While I am happy to see our goals to achieve a more peaceful nation, I am too often disappointed in the dishonesty and spinning of facts which only disturb our sensibilities and ability to trust each other. If it's only an emotional flame which is sought, then this movie will light your fire. I on the other hand found the interview of the actual butler much more profound in truth, courage, and hope for what we can achieve in our future. We do have a long way to go,.... I hope we do it honestly, and with integrity, for a lasting change.

Kit B (276)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 9:57 am

Thank you,Dot. Now that is an honest opinion and I do appreciate you took the time to share your thoughts.

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 2:07 pm
Seemed a bit more snarky than their usual humorous sarcasm to me, but I like the actors. Will definitely watch if I can manufacture some extra time as sometimes movies don't stay in theaters very long. Poof! Suddenly they're gone before I can get there. Otherwise will definitely watch on dvd or on demand. Thought I read that it was No. 1 at the recent box office.

Kit B (276)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 2:11 pm

I think that is true for the opening weekend, Lois.

Kat K (54)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 2:33 pm
Can't decide whether I want to see it or not~~probably not.

Dot A (182)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 2:45 pm
'The Butler' vs. The Truth

What we see in the story of "Lee Daniels' the Butler" is a wish to make the facts fit a pre-conceived narrative, not an honest attempt to grapple with the history of racism in 20th century America.

By Kyle Smith
Posted: 11:41 AM, August 19, 2013

Read more: Fact-checking The Butler; The Butler the Truth; The Facts and the Butler

for those who would like to click and read more / see above link

Thank You, Kit for providing a constructive forum for so many interested and Caring2 Members!!!

Kit B (276)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 3:09 pm

Thanks again, Dot that should be of some value to other readers. I'm going to read it right now.

Dot A (182)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 3:29 pm
LOOKS LIKE THE LINK WON'T WORK, here's a copy paste if it works,....

You could put "Lee Daniels' The Butler" in the same category as "Forrest Gump" and "Little Big Man" -- sly fictionalized retellings of key events from American history-- except that the low-information viewer is aware that there really was a White House butler who served for about half a century, and the movie begins with the legend that it is "inspired by the true story." How upset should we be, then, that the story, whose major purpose is to portray American racism as an all-pervading stain, is almost wholly fabricated?

Reading through the true story of the butler from the book upon which "The Butler" was based will take you (I'm not exaggerating) roughly 15 minutes. The book (which is so uneventful, and so thin, and contains so little of the butler's voice, that it is described by a typical commenter as "a complete waste of money") contains just about zero of the movie's most salient points. Eugene Allen, the real-life White House butler, was born into farm work in Virginia (not Georgia) and there is no reference to his ever having witnessed the aftermath of a lynching, nor of his mother being raped by an overseer, nor of his father being murdered for simply looking upset by the rape. Eugene Allen's son served in Vietnam but was not killed there and no reference is made to him being an activist, much less a Freedom Rider, much less a Freedom Rider who was on a bus that was firebombed by the KKK, much less a Black Panther, much less a far-left Congressman, all of which are critical story elements of the movie, which seeks to contrast the silent suffering of the father with the courageous quest for equality of the son. Eugene Allen did meet, and was proud to have met, President Barack Obama, and Allen's wife (who is nowwhere described as a philandering alcoholic) did die shortly before Obama's inauguration (a couple of days before, not the morning of). But there is no reference to Allen repeatedly fighting against an apparently racist white civil servant in an effort to secure equal pay for black White House employees.

Perhaps the most salient difference between the book/reality and the film is that the film's tincture of hatred, suffering and injustice is simply not there in Allen's life, at least as he told it to author Wil Haygood. Allen comes across as a grateful person who looks back on his life with satisfaction. The feeling of endless persecution and endurance of wrongs isn't there.

What we see in the story of "Lee Daniels' the Butler" is a wish to make the facts fit a pre-conceived narrative, not an honest attempt to grapple with the history of racism in 20th century America.

Read more: Fact-checking The Butler; The Butler the Truth; The Facts and the Butler

Dianna M (16)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 3:34 pm
I know this review of 'The Butler' was important, but I was too busy reading my horoscope in The Onion to watch it. Let's see, Capricorn: All of your questions will be answered this week, moments after the zookeeper, the fire marshal, and the roller-coaster operator all tell you, "No."

I'll check back with you next week to let you know how this turns out. Assuming I survive . . .

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 3:46 pm
LOL!!! Thanks for the laughs. I'm going to dash right out to see this movie right this minute because it is sooooo very important. I can't think of anything more important for us to spend our money on at this time. Why if everyone goes to the theaters perhaps Oprah will be able to buy a $135,000,00 hand bag, and you know how very important it is for a woman of her very important stature to have the very best that her money can buy. Giggle giggle giggle!

Gina G (26)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 4:46 pm
Funny and yet, somehow, important.

marie C (163)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 5:06 pm
I will wait to see this Forest is one of my greats
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