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Have You Seen ‘Precious’? What’d You Think?

Submitted by on November 15, 2009 – 11:25 am4 Comments
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Is this what life was like for you or those you know?

Not everyone is happy with the response the new Lee Daniels movie is getting. The themes of Precious have made one writer (not me) in particular a little bit angered. Find out what the problem is after the jump.

In a piece written by Anthony Smith that appears on EURWeb.com, the writer notes that the central themes pointed out in ‘Precious‘ aren’t ones of major concern in black communities across the U.S. and in Harlem.

“Incest, rape, teenage pregnancy, physical and mental child abuse, obesity, poverty, welfare, illiteracy and AIDS,” are themes he lists as things that are not central in African-American communities. Citing director Lee Daniels quip that, “I know this chick. You know her. But we just choose not to know her.” Smith says that he doesn’t know “Precious.” Which is fine, everyone has their own backgrounds and this guy may have had a sheltered upbringing.

While I, too, don’t agree with Daniels using light skin blacks as some sort of angelic, a la Tyler Perry, and darker skin blacks as evil and downtrodden, you can only do so much for someone’s artistic merit. In ‘Precious‘ — Smith fails to reason why the film is “intellectually and socially dishonest.” Places like Detroit, Baltimore and Cleveland are full of situations that could easily fill in for events that take place in the movie.

While the film’s point is to invoke a social discussion about things that go on in the hood, Smith’s piece is only opinionated offering nothing much of merit to his argument. If there is indeed no “Precious” in the real world 2009, then explain to me why unemployment is at 10.3% it’s highest since 1983 and the majority of people who are standing next to me in the unemployment lines are — African-American.

For those who have yet to see ‘Precious’ — be sure to read the movie review by clicking here! Everyone else who has seen it, please share your thoughts about Anthony Smith’s piece in our comments section below!

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