Michael Reagan, the son of former President Ronald Reagan has criticized Lee Daniels’ latest movie 'The Butler'.
Since it’s release on August 16, many critics spoken out about The Butler’s portrayal of the 40th president.
Michael Reagan penned a scathing Newsmax column called “The Butler from Another Planet”.
The Butler, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, is based on Eugene Allen, a White House butler who served eight presidents from 1952 to 1986.
He says the movie insinuates a racist streak in Ronald Reagan that he vehemently objects to.
“You’ve taken a great story about a real person and real events and twisted it into a bunch of lies,” wrote Michael Reagan, who says he “met and knew the real butler.”
Michael Reagan asks readers to compare the real butler to Hollywood’s version:
“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 head?
“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'.”
The film was inspired by the life of real White House butler Eugene Allen, who worked at the White House from 1952 to 1986 and whom the younger Reagan knew.
"Portraying Ronald Reagan as a racist because he was in favor of lifting economic sanctions against South Africa is simplistic and dishonest," he added. "If you knew my father, you'd know he was the last person on Earth you would call a racist."
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