While the box office success is apparent — the movie grossed $25 million over the weekend — it seems the star power behind “The Butler” may have more to do with that success than the script itself.
Fox News co-host Eric Bolling noted Tuesday on “The Five” that the movie is “loosely based on facts, more based on fiction” as he points out that the “real” butler’s mother was never raped by a white man and his father was never killed by a white man.
And that’s just the beginning of the historical inaccuracies in a movie that seems to have taken care to drum up racial animosity where little existed. Particularly in the way iconic President Ronald Reagan is portrayed, as previously reported on BizPac Review.
In a critique of the film, Breitbart.com’s Ben Shapiro wrote: “‘The Butler’ has virtually nothing in common with its source material, the life of White House butler Gene Allen, except for the fact that the main character of the film and Allen were both black butlers in the White House.”
A possible motive behind the movie’s portrayal of history is found in comments made by Richard A. Epstein, who stated, “My quarrel with The Butler is that its wrong narrative of the evolution of race relations serves to strengthen a set of misguided government programs at a time when it’s no longer possible to bless all actions of the civil rights movement.”