‘Harriet’ sees backlash despite box office success




For a film celebrating an iconic American abolitionist, “Harriet” is getting various criticism from the black neighborhood.

The Kasi Lemmons-directed movie starring Cynthia Erivo hit theaters over the weekend bringing audiences the story of Harriet Tubman’s journey of liberating slaves by way of the Underground Railroad.

And though the movie had a strong opening weekend, the backlash in opposition to its stunning hero — a white slave proprietor — was swift amongst people who say the movie solely perpetuates the “white savior” concept.

Using the hashtag #NotMyHarriet, many criticized the reality black bounty hunter throughout the movie was the antagonist and that the story didn’t focus sufficiently on the horrific wrongdoings of the slave owners.

Angered followers on Twitter didn’t keep once more.

“At the end of Harriet, she forgives the white man who was her slavemaster while she kills the Black man. In one sweep this film is saying forgive the white man but hate and never forgive the Black Man. Most anti-Black movie ever made in 2019,” wrote @BlackGlobeVilla.

Others recognized that the narrative carried out on hostility between black men and women.

“I swear the whole point of this Harriet movie is to restart the ‘Black men ain’t never cared about Black women’ narrative rather than tell Harriet’s story. An abomination. #NotMyHarriet,” @BreakingBrown tweeted.

Still, the film launched in sizable audiences: Although it was solely anticipated to make about $9 million, the film raked in $12 million on the box office, consistent with the Hollywood Reporter.

It wasn’t all criticism each. Brittney Cooper, a professor of Africana and women and gender analysis at Rutgers University, well-known that throughout the movie, there’s no “white savior.”

“For there to be a white savior, y’all, the white person would have to have saved her,” she wrote on Twitter. “He was hunting her. He didn’t want to save her. And she escapes. She saves herself.”




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