Other View: It’s been said on hpe.com

Sep. 04, 2013 @ 08:11 PM

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In a column Sunday, “The butler from another planet,” Michael Reagan said:
There you go again, Hollywood. You’ve taken a great story about a real person and real events and twisted it into a bunch of lies. You took the true story of Eugene Allen, the White House butler who served eight presidents from 1952 to 1986, and turned it into a clichéd “message movie.” Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” stars Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, a fictional character supposedly based on Eugene Allen’s real life. ...
Screenwriter Danny Strong says he was trying to present a “backstage kind of view of the White House” that portrayed presidents and first ladies as they really were in everyday life. Well, I was backstage at the White House — a few hundred times. I met and knew the real butler, Mr. Allen, and I knew a little about my father. Portraying Ronald Reagan as a racist because he was in favor of lifting economic sanctions against South Africa is simplistic and dishonest. ...
After comparing Hollywood’s absurd version of Eugene Allen’s life story with the truth, you wonder why the producers didn’t just call it “The Butler from Another Planet.”

In response:
• Mistersteverino: What possible reason would there be to change a story that’s compelling in its own right, into a fiction that can only serve to drive a deeper wedge between the races? We know the “who” but not the “why.” Maybe its purpose was to tarnish the one Republican who had such broad appeal that all past attempts have failed. A Sherman type, scorched Earth march to the 2014 elections. I can’t imagine why the worry about a Hillary Clinton bio on TV. I’m sad to say that I can’t think of a single positive outcome from distorting what could have been a message of motivation, encouragement and perseverance. Can anyone on this forum?
• TaxpayerOne: I hope there will be plenty of press informing the public that the movie is fiction and not based on actual facts.
• Gerald Briggs to TaxpayerOne: Not from the Obama liberal press.
• Mrmike: Simplistic and dishonest — yep, that describes Hollywood liberals to a T. You couldn’t pay me to see a movie that has Hanoi Jane in it. And Oprah? Good grief!
• Gerald Briggs to mrmike: Hypocrites and liars, that’s the left wrapped up in one ugly package.