Wait, What? Harry Lennix Calls “The Butler” Ni**erfied Historical P*rn

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August 14, 2013 ‐ By

 

Source: Nikki Nelson/ WENN

Source: Nikki Nelson/ WENN

 

 

From The Grio

Although director Lee Daniels’ Oscar-baity film The Butler, which is based on the life of real life White House service-worker Eugene Allen, is receiving rave reviews — one black character actor is lashing out at the project.

Actor Harry Lennix, who most film buffs may recognize from his roles in The Matrix trilogy, Get On the Bus and most recently Man of Steel, has said the filmmaker of took Allen’s story and “ni**erfies” it and he has dismissed the project as “historical Adult Videos.”

“I read five pages of this thing and could not go any further. I tried to read more of it, and I’m not a soft spoken guy, but it was such an appalling mis-direction of history in terms of taking an actual guy who worked at the White House,” said Lennix in an interview with Shadow and Act. But then he “ni**erfies” it. He “ni**ers” it up and he gives people these, stupid, luddite, antediluvian ideas about black people and their roles in the historical span in the White House and it becomes… well… historical Adult Videos. I refused.”

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  • ThePeoplesVoice777

    I had a similar discomfort when seeing the commercials. I’m tired of yes massah movies. We are a distinct people with a vibrant, powerful history. Where are those stories?

  • L S Gordon

    Am I the ONLY ONE who’s tired of black people making movies about being black?! I’m so sick of these movies about the struggles of being African American or worse, the struggles of being a black women! I wish black film makers would actually make something entertaining and FUN for a change. I’ve sworn of ALL black movies of this nature. We need to stop supporting these uninspired, mediocre, Lets-Talk-About-The-Same-Things-Over-And-Over-Again film makers. I’m so over this….

    • papillonsarah

      No, you’re not the only one. And I’m conflicted because I WANT to support black filmmakers and positive stories about us. But I hate that when I go to the theater my only choice for a movie with a mostly all-black cast is yet another story about “the struggle.” I am just so emotionally exhausted from these kinds of movies. Ugh, that Best Man sequel cannot get here fast enough. Do you hear me?

  • IAJS

    I won’t be seeing this movie. I am tired of the history of blacks being reduced to slaves or post slaves. They never show our greatness before we were brought to this country and it is tiring.

  • Kylie

    He may or may not be onto something, but I didn’t understand that entire paragraph even after I looked up some of the words. Can someone paraphrase in English?

    • rainydaze80

      I don’t really get what this guy is saying either. “…antediluvian ideas about black people…” So what did Moses and them think about black people?

  • Guest360

    What is he even talking about? I don’t know whether to be outraged or agree. His message is confusing and nonsensical. Wtf is “n***erfy” and how does one accomplish that? By using a mostly black cast? Using the n word? Telling a story through the lens of black eyes? What is he refering to? If he gets backlash for this, its because he was not clear in his message and it will be deserved. This sounds like something that would come from Rush Limbaugh.

    • billy ray

      He’s referring to the way they depict black ppl in the movie. The movie
      is written from how white people think the butler felt about issues. It reduces
      black leaders & groups into semi terrorist & anti-American. Especially
      the Black Panthers. Basically the butler is the good negro and any black person
      not down with the plan is trouble.

      • Guest360

        But how is that “n***erfying” the film, if as you say, its coming from the depiction of a white persons perspective. Wouldnt that be “whitifying”? Sorry but I just don’t get the need to make up a word to express your condemnation of a film. And from what I’ve seen from the producers of the film (a majority of them black, including the man whose interview with an actual white house butler was the impetus for this movie) it couldn’t be further from the truth given its a story that focuses on the black experience with the white characters making only cameo appearences. But ill wait to judge until I’ve seen it myself. Something Harry should have done himself.

        • Barren Boe

          Basically an Nword is someone who’s ignorant. Not based on color. So I feel he thinks the movie made the blacks look stupid and overtly sexual. As I’ve seen in many movies based on historical blacks they make it seem like back then black minds bowed down to the whites ideas as if everything that happened for us was either a coincidence or due to white people who wanted to help us.

          • Guest360

            So why not say ignorant? You’ve got enough intellect to use “luddite” and “antediluvian” but choose to make up a word with n***er in it? To me, he’s trying to get attention by being controversial. Maybe he didnt get the role he wanted or maybe he was cut from the film. Who knows? But all I know is anyone that comes this hard for a movie after not reading or seeing the whole thing, yet think they have enough info to make a judgement about it sounds foolish to me.

            • Barren Boe

              Yeah good point..

    • billy ray

      He’s referring to the way they depict black ppl in the movie. The movie
      is written from how white people think the butler felt about issues. It reduces
      black leaders & groups into semi terrorist & anti-American. Especially
      the Black Panthers. Basically the butler is the good negro and any black person
      not down with the plan is trouble.

    • hollyw

      It means stereotypical Black behavior. Cheap jokes and unrealistic archetypes.

      • Guest360

        So what does that have to do with our history? How do you “n***erfy” something that actually happened? I don’t believe you can “n***erfy” the civil rights movement, or make jokes about the freedom riders, or have unrealistic archetypes of how servants had to behave in the 1960s. I’m just trying to figure out what it he’s saying cause he makes not a lick of sense.

        • hollyw

          That’s just it, it didn’t! Everything in the movie didn’t happen, it was a very loose, dramatic adaptation of the story, which is why a lawsuit forced the director to change it from The Butler to Lee Daniels’ The Butler. The history is real, but I’m sorry, the characters were also a bit stereotyped, albeit entertainingly so. Did you see the movie?? It’d make much more sense of his comment if you had…

          • Guest360

            The lawsuit had nothing to do with the film. Only the name. Warner bros already had a film by the name of the “the butler” and felt this title was copyright infringement. Has absolutely nothing to do with the content of the film. So what you’re saying is, thatloosely based adaptations of stories is “n***erfication”? I’m just trying to get a handle on what you’re actually talking about. What parts weren’t real? The civil rights movement? Sit ins? A father and son not being able to see eye to eye? Women searching for themselves when their home lives become boring and mundane? I’m all for not liking a film but don’t tell me that its because its not a true adaptation of what really happened. Cause I can name quite a few women that were/are a Gloria. My grandfather was a servant before he went off to world. And lord knows me and my mom have a difference of opinion daily. Not everything. is meant for everybody but please only speak for yourself.

            • hollyw

              Oh Guest360, I’m not speaking for myself OR anyone else, I was just simply answering a question you had about what he meant by “n*ggerfication”. Do you honestly believe he’s referring to the civil rights movement as “n*ggerfying”?? I said he was talking about STEREOTYPICAL MANNERISMS of Blacks! For instance, the “no-nonsense Negro”, I.e. Cuba’s character, who simultaneously had to incorporate “n*gga” into almost every joke, or the mythical Black archetype, I.e. Whittaker’s role, which was drastically changed from the actual person the movie was based on in ways that would imply such. To be honest, his critique was common for this movie,he was just more blunt, so if you want further explanation of it, there’s no shortage, but I still went to see it and loved it, so it is what it is.

              • Guest360

                Well when you give no examples of what you’re talking about then yes. I’m left to assume you’re speaking of the major events in the film, I.e. the civil rights movement and he didn’t. He chalked everything up to “n****erfication” and let us try to figure out what he was saying. But I guess when you don’t read the full script or watch the movie (his words) then all you have is a bunch of generalizations about nothing. And I saw and loved it too which is why I’m confused by his statements. And I disagree. I’ve got uncles and cousins who talk the way Cubas character did. I hate but it doesnt make it untrue to how some black men behave.

                • hollyw

                  LOL we aaall have relatives, or even ourselves, who’ve acted some kinda way similar to these characters. But this is what critics look for in about every Black film nowadays (which is why Tyler Perry will never win a major award); how “well-rounded” a character is, were there any type-cast roles, i.e. the religious zealot, sex harlot/somehow-damaged-or-abused woman, all-wise sage, country bumpkin, etc. Some movies, i.e. Tyler, everyone’s a “certain type”. I prefer a movie where everyone’s multi-faceted. Not as simplistic. These are the movies Daniels has usually made, i.e. Monster’s Ball, The Woodsman. I think that’s what he’s saying.

  • sha

    Interesing comments nonetheless. We have not seen it and he may be correct. Will have to wait to see for myself as to whether I agree. I almost get his point but not clearly only because I have not seen the movie so not sure if his perception is accurate. I know one thing, I would love to see Oprah in a movie that is not period based or historical that gives us a today black woman. I love her but her roles in these movies do nothing for me – issues of my own in respect to black historical movies.

    • Guest

      Thank you Sha!!! I’ve been saying for years that Oprah needs to support a project that is about the modern current day black experience. I know history is important but she seems to relish in these yes ‘um roles!!! I don’t get it. She’s one of the most successful black women ever in history and she always wants to play roles based on suppression.

      • ThePeoplesVoice777

        Thank you!!

  • Gigi

    The link isn’t working. Would love to read the whole story.

  • Kam

    Uh what? Did he not get the role he wanted? Did he want to be the Butler or something? I guess I will have to wait to see the movie to see what he is complaining about.

  • bluekissess

    Wth is this fool talking about?

    • Barren Boe

      Why is he a fool? Have you seen the movie? Strong opinion does not equate to being foolish necessarily.

      • bluekissess

        I don’t care of it was necessary or not people always complaining about something and someone. If he thought he could do it better than do it

        • Barren Boe

          Its not that easy and a lot of directors have said that studios are hesitant about taking black scripts unless they have a lot of sex.