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August 21, 2013

The Butler: "A pious quasi-historical mishmash about the Civil Rights era: a sort of Ken Burns’s Django Unchained."

Although Allen told the Washington Post that he had enjoyed a happy childhood in Virginia,
the film opens with a scene of violence implausible enough to give even Quentin Tarantino pause. The movie opens with a nine-year-old future butler watching the cotton-plantation scion raping his mom (Mariah Carey, in the first of many instances of random casting of Daniels’s celebrity friends), then shooting his father dead in front of dozens of black witnesses. The rapist’s grandmother, Vanessa Redgrave (and why not?), immediately hires the little orphan to be a house servant, presumably so he can more conveniently put rat poison in their mint juleps. This is a wholly made-up scene, but it’s the kind that everybody nowadays believes must have been a fixture of daily life in the Jim Crow South. Butler Unchained - Taki's Magazine

Posted by gerardvanderleun at August 21, 2013 12:27 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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