The Help is about Southern black domestic workers and their white employers. Cooper is suing Stockett for damages of $75,000 related to a character she believes was created in her likeness. The character “Aibileen” speaks in a thick ethnic vernacular and at one point compared her skin color to that of a cockroach, reports The Wall Street Journal.
Stockett claims Aibileen is fictitious, although “Aibileen” and Ablene look to be the same person on paper. “Aibileen” is described as black and middle-aged with a gold tooth and a deceased son, just like Ablene.
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