Hattie McDaniel & Octavia Spencer Oscar Speeches Seventy Two Years Apart For Their Mammy Performances In Films.

Has Hollywood really become more progressive and  changed for the better for  black women? The white liberals in Hollywood and the white media claim this is true. My question is, what message did the Academy send by giving Octavia Spencer an Oscar for playing a mammy in The Help?

Is Octavia Spencer’s Oscar victory really progress?  In 1940, Hattie McDaniel won the best supporting actress Oscar for playing mammy in the racist film Gone with the wind.

In Gone with the wind Hattie McDaniel’s character mammy was overweight, a loudmouth, fiery, and aggressive.

I cringe when I hear Hattie say “I am a credit to my race” in the speech because she didn’t write it. The racist Academy wrote Hattie McDaniel’s Oscar speech.

The NAACP and other black civil rights groups criticized Hattie McDaniel for consistently accepting the mammy roles in Hollywood films.

McDaniel was not allowed to sit with her white co-stars during the Oscar ceremony she had to sit at the back. McDaniel was also barred from the premiere of Gone with the wind. I can understand McDaniel winning the Oscar because the year 1940 America was still a hostile place for black people. The civil rights movement did not start until the 1950s. McDaniel didn’t have a choice in 1939 she either worked as a maid in films or she would be unemployed.

Seventy two years after Hattie McDaniel won  another black woman Octavia Spencer won an Oscar for her role as mammy in the  racist film The Help. Spencer’s character Minny is the black sapphire she is hot-tempered, angry, overweight, and of course a maid.

The Academy claims to be progressive yet gives black females continue to win  Oscars for racist and sexist stereotypical roles.

When will a black woman win an Oscar for a dignified role when she isn’t wearing a maid’s uniform?

I am sure Spencer is thrilled she won an Oscar but again at what cost? Does Octavia Spencer really believe her career is going to magically improve because of The Help?

Former black Oscar winners such as Cuba Gooding Jr., Halle Berry, MoNique, Jamie Foxx, careers have fallen off since they won the Oscar.

If a black woman is full-figured, dark-skinned, and not light-skinned with a  model figure  like Halle Berry she probably will not obtain respectable film roles.

The black maid is a palatable image that white Hollywood loves black women to conform to.

For people who don’t know the racist stereotype of the mammy emerged during slavery. Mammy worked for the white master in the house and mammy was also raped by the white man as well. Mammy was loving, asexual, selfless and devoted to white people.

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3 responses to “Hattie McDaniel & Octavia Spencer Oscar Speeches Seventy Two Years Apart For Their Mammy Performances In Films.”

  1. LaurenLaurenLauren says :

    Couldn’t agree more that film USCKED and it’s pretty ridiculous to see Octavia and Viola bitch one minute then defend their roles in this stupid movie.

  2. CoreThatApple says :

    Halle Berry, “light-skinned” and with a “model figure” won her Oscar for what many know to be an “undignified” role.
    So, let’s not pit dark and light, heavy and slim against one another where it isn’t the case. This is about white against black of any sort, and more so, about the spiritual depravity, inferiority complex, self-hatred, true guilt (not some self-serving “white man’s burden” fantasy construct) of those who consider themselves “white”.

  3. Anonymous says :

    The bottom line is this. The Movie, Music,Sports as well as the whole Multimedia Entertainment industry is owned and run by the Jewish People.The image of the Fat black Dark Mammy or the Yes sa Boss black Sambo Tap dancer was always put out for the public to see. Lina Horn was not allowed to be near the set of Gone with the Wind,because she was prettier than all the white actresses on the set.They loved Louis Armstrong because of his but kissing attitude.Even today. There are so many artist of color,Asian,Black,Spanish that are just as talented as any Jewish actors out there,but they will never get the chance,because they are a threat. They love rappers like Jay-Z,50 Cents, because every time they open their mouths they sets black people back 400 years as a people. As long as The people who are in charge they will always push their own as The prettiest,the sexiest and the smartest. If you get the chance check out the movie 2005, Best Actor TV Movie/Mini-Series: Something the Lord Made. It’s a perfect example of how if given the chance a person of color can give a wonderful performance and he doesn’t have to Rap,Sing or play a drug dealer.Eddie Murphy played a very true role in the movie Dream Girls yet they gave the Gold statue to Alan Arkin for little Miss Sun shine.Eddie walked out because he saw how the industry is not based on talent it’s based on who is in charge. So It’s not about black V.S White. It’s about who has the keys to the gate.

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