Sapphire Interviewed by Katie Couric About “Precious”
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Some quarters of the black community are up in arms about this film (and have their oyster knives out for Tyler Perry’s adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls… coming next year.) They say that almost all of Precious Jones’ helpers are almost all light-skinned; that it appears director and producer Lee Daniels–notorious for Monster’s Ball–is saying and depicting that physical, mental/emotional and sexual abuse within the black family is still the norm; that the film’s outlook is unremittingly harsh, especially for black women as well as for black men. It seems almost like the kind of anger that was generated by Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, both book and Spielberg film. Walker was said not to be pleased with Color Purple the film; she was happier with the Broadway show that was produced by Oprah Winfrey.
So what does Sapphire have to say about her book and the film? I saw part of the interview on Couric’s CBS Evening News program earlier this week, and it was pretty interesting. I’m not going to say anything because I haven’t seen the flick yet, but people are welcome to watch this interview, compare notes, and compare the book with the film.
Precious is not playing yet in Madison, WI.