Friday, August 23, 2013

Real-Life Butler Behind Oprah Movie Was Active Republican, Despite Portrayal Otherwise

A timely post about from about the Real Butler. This follows this post about Ronald Reagan, who was smeared in the movie Lee Daniels’ The Butler. This follows this post about Virginia Dare, an interesting historic figure. In the meantime, you can get more involved if you like here and read an interesting book HERE.

EXCLUSIVE: Real-Life Butler Behind Oprah Movie Was Active Republican, Despite Portrayal Otherwise

By Debbie Schlussel

As I told you on Friday, much of the depiction of the “inspired by a true story” Black White House butler in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” is complete fiction (read my review). And, now, has exclusively learned that Eugene Allen, the butler, on whose life the story was hardly based, was a Republican activist, and NOT the anti-Reagan, anti-Republican man portrayed in this movie. Not even close. As I noted in my review, the movie shows fictional butler “Cecil Gaines” finally quitting the White House in disgust over what he sees as Ronald Reagan’s lack of regard for Blacks’ civil rights, and coming around to his fictional Black Panther son’s radical point of view.

REAL “The Butler” Eugene Allen . . .

FAKE “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” . . .

But that was not the case in reality–a reality that apparently didn’t fit conveniently with the agenda of the filmmakers, so they just lied about it. (Yes, Allen did attend Barack Obama’s Inauguration, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t a Republican before that.) A reader, whose identity I’ve agreed to keep anonymous,

Ms. Schlussel,

After moving to DC at the end of 2001 with my wife with no connections, we went to a local DC republican committee meeting. A Republican meeting at it’s lowest, neighborhood, grassroots level. Not an RNC [DS: Republican National Committee] meeting, although it was in DC. There we introduced to Eugene Allen and of course I was amazed the fact that he had served during so many administrations, which is why I remember this introduction.

So, if he wasn’t Republican, than why was he there? I can’t easily find anything about this or any party affiliation except that it was expected he voted for the current president. . . . Perhaps its inconvenient that he didn’t fit a storyline. He would have known what is in the hearts of the presidents while choosing his affiliation.

It was a DCGOP meeting where we met him. One of those brushes with history that is hard to forget. (I was in DC until 2007)

I think it’s pretty obvious why Allen was there. You don’t go to boring local Republican meetings, especially in the People’s Republic of Washington, DC, unless you are a hardcore activist Republican (or a mainstream media reporter looking for dirt, which doesn’t fit the Allen profile). To attend local Republican meetings in Washington, DC, you really have to be a staunch GOPer because the District is overwhelmingly Democrat, and the Republicans never win anything. Ever.

As you probably know by now, “Lee Daniels’ The Lecture, er . . . The Butler,” was number one at the box office this past weekend. But that’s because it debuted in August, Hollywood’s pet cemetery for bad movies, where it sends cinematic crap to die a quick death. The movie wouldn’t have fared well against the major summer blockbusters.

And it would have been a whole lot more interesting and less tedious, had they told the truth about Allen–that he didn’t have a Black Panther son, that his son never died in Vietnam, and that he was a Republican activist devoted enough to go to local DC meetings–rather than the self-righteous fairy tales of the Oprah crowd.

But, hey, who needs the truth, when you have Hollywood liberalism, instead? Right?

The Brothers Grimm would be proud.

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