This is the movie review by Ronald
Reagan’s son. No Hollywood sugar coating here…
There you go again, Hollywood.
You’ve taken a great story about a
real person and real events and twisted it into a bunch of lies.
You took the true story of Eugene
Allen, the White House butler who served eight presidents from 1952 to
1986, and turned it into a clichéd “message movie.”
“Lee Daniels’ The Butler’” stars
Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, a fictional character supposedly based
on Eugene Allen’s real life.
But let’s compare the two White House
Guess which one grew up in segregated
Virginia, got a job at the White House and rose to become maître
d’hôtel, the highest position in White House service?
Guess which one had a happy, quiet
life and was married to the same woman for 65 years? And who had one son
who served honorably in Vietnam and never made a peep of protest through
the pre- and post-civil rights era?
Now guess which butler grew up on a
Georgia farm, watched the boss rape his mother and then, when his father
protested the rape, watched the boss put a bullet through his father’s
Guess which butler feels the pain of
America’s racial injustices so deeply that he quits his White House job
and joins his son in a protest movement?
And guess which butler has a wife
(Oprah Winfrey) who becomes an alcoholic and has a cheap affair with the
guy next door? (I’m surprised it wasn’t the vice president.)
After comparing Hollywood’s absurd
version of Eugene Allen’s life story with the truth, you wonder why the
producers didn’t just call it “The Butler from Another Planet.”
Screenwriter Danny Strong says he was
trying to present a “backstage kind of view of the White House” that
portrayed presidents and first ladies as they really were in everyday
Well, I was backstage at the White
House -- a few hundred times. I met and knew the real butler, Mr. Allen,
and I knew a little about my father.
Portraying Ronald Reagan as a racist
because he was in favor of lifting economic sanctions against South
Africa is simplistic and dishonest.
If you knew my father, you’d know he
was the last person on Earth you would call a racist.
If Strong had gotten his “facts” from
the Reagan biographies, he’d have learned that when my father was
playing football at Eureka College one of his best friends was a black
Strong also would have learned that my
father invited black players home for dinner and once, when two players
were not allowed to stay in the local hotel, he invited them to stay
overnight at his house.
Screenwriter Strong also might have
found out that when my father was governor of California he appointed
more blacks to positions of power than any of predecessors -- combined.
It’s appalling to me that someone is
trying to imply my father was a racist. He and Nancy and the rest of the
Reagan family treated Mr. Allen with the utmost respect.
It was Nancy Reagan who invited the
butler to dinner – not to work but as guest. And it was my father who
promoted Mr. Allen to maître d’hôtel.
The real story of the White House
butler doesn’t imply racism at all. It’s simply Hollywood liberals
wanting to believe something about my father that was never there.
My father’s position on lifting the
South African sanctions in the ‘80s had nothing to do with the narrow
issue of race. It had to do with the geopolitics of the Cold War.
But facts don’t matter to Hollywood’s
creative propagandists. Truth is too complicated and not dramatic enough
for scriptwriters, who think in minute terms, not the big picture, when
it comes to a conservative.
Despite what Hollywood’s liberal hacks
believe, my father didn’t see people in colors. He saw them as
individual Americans. If the liberals in Hollywood -- and Washington --
ever start looking at people the way he did, the country will be a lot
Jane Fonda (better known as Hanoi Jane
by those my age) playing Nancy Reagan is an outrage, and an insult to
all of us that served in Viet Nam!
Send this to your friends and children
too young to know about this Traitor...
BOYCOTT "THE BUTLER" AND EVERYTHING TO
DO WITH THIS TRAITOR
BOYCOTT THIS MOVIE
What a disgrace to Mrs. Nancy Reagan!
Boycott this movie!
America we must not forget
JANE FONDA as NANCY REAGAN?
This cannot go around too much. Those
of us that were living
in those years will never forget that she was a traitor and did
a lot of damage to our boys.
She has now been chosen to play Nancy
Reagan in her life story.
I am sending this one out because so many do not know this truth...and
also because she was on 3 times this week talking about her new book...
And how good she feels in her 70's. She still does not know what she
did wrong. Her book just may not make the best seller list if more
Barbara Walters said:
Thank you all. Many died in Vietnam for our freedoms. I did not like
Jane Fonda then and I don't like her now.