Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind the Making of “Waiting to Exhale”

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Male Bashing?

Many criticized the film, claiming it didn’t portray black men in the best light. While there were “negative” representations, Houston said that it wasn’t male bashing it was portraying men the way women had experienced them and known them to be. McMillan’s words were a bit stronger. She claimed that the book and the subsequent movie are “forms of entertainment, not anthropological studies,” and her male critics “need to go march again, stop being so immature and write their own books.” Whoop! You know Terry is not one to bite her tongue. But Loretta Devine also pointed out that the women in the film aren’t portrayed in the most glowing light either considering some of the horrible choices they make when it comes to men.

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