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‘Precious’ Ain’t Precious At All

I was  going to try to give my offering on the film, ‘Precious’ but I haven’t been able to pull the words together.  Yes, I’m just that bothered by it; rarely am I rendered speechless, but Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey have successfully achieved this feat.  Now I know it’s possible to be so appalled that I can’t even organize my thoughts enough to write them down,  let alone express them.

The more I try to get some mental juices flowing on this thing so I can try to discuss it, all articulation goes out of the window and I’m left with a vulgar, venom-filled quip, ‘What the FUCK?’

Instead of trying to work myself up in a frenzy, I’ve decided to link this post to an excellent review of the movie by Black film critic, Armond White.

Before,  I do that, however, I just wanted to state one thing about this movie…and one thing only:

This movie continues the annihilation of the image of Black women.  It is a thorough crucifixion of our character—and Oprah’s endorsement can be regarded as the Judah’s kiss of betrayal.

Ok, so maybe that was two things.  Here’s the link to Armond White’s review.


About Chandra Kamaria

Chandra Kamaria is a playwright, essayist, culture maven, educator, entrepreneur, and activist. To learn more, visit


6 thoughts on “‘Precious’ Ain’t Precious At All

  1. I hated this movie !!! There was nothing redeming or useful in this film. This movie would be great to use for budding social workers in a clinical class but should be removed from the local theaters. Tyler Perry and Oprah obviously have some very dark unresolved issues that need to be worked out in therapy. Oprah has produced or supported a number of movies that have this dark and ugly theme. I am a clinical social worker and this should be left out of the general public view

    Posted by lora | December 21, 2009, 8:05 pm
    • Thanks for commenting! Now, after all of the hype has died down, everyone’s lives have gone back to normal. But the individuals whose lives mirror that of Precious are still suffering with perhaps very little support. From that end, people went to see the film, left depressed, got over it and moved on. There was NO action! So, what was the point?

      Posted by Chandra Kamaria | January 7, 2010, 3:29 pm
  2. Hey Chandra,

    My wife went to go see this movie. She said the exact same thing as you. This is not the first time Oprah has had her hand in a pointless movie. Recall “Beloved”. Although not demeaning, I was left like “ok, what was the point?”.

    A guy that works with me also went to see Precious and he was questioning the purpose of making such a movie.

    I believe both Oprah and Tyler Perry suffered childhood sexual abuse. This movie could just be an expression of the deep-rooted trauma still present in their psyche.

    Posted by Shafiq | December 28, 2009, 11:34 am
    • Hey Shafiq:

      Thanks for stopping by! I’ve talked with several people who went to see the movie and left with dozens of questions. They felt as though the girl’s life was left in an uncertain state and was unable to see a resolution to her dire situation. In other words, there wasn’t a happy ending. Of course, a happy ending is not necessary all the time, but to their point, they wanted to know how was the girl gonna make it after all she had been through. You see, the movie tugged at peoples’ hearts and minds, but left them feeling as though there was nothing that they could do about someone like a real-life Precious. This is dangerous. Because we don’t want to become desensitized to children who suffer in this manner. That’s why the movie should have been left alone; for the sheer fact that individuals could possibly develop an apathy as a result of their helplessness and allow this kind of thing to continue happening. But then, the movie wasn’t made for that reason—it was made for money. Tyler and Oprah’s involvement was both a personal and professional one. Unfortunately, this country has YET to truly understand the value of artistic expression…and perhaps it won’t as long as it can be viewed as a capitalistic industry.

      Posted by Chandra Kamaria | January 7, 2010, 3:38 pm
  3. While looking at this I couldn’t help but think about the online uproar over Armond White and how very few people are mentioning that he has written a book on the subject of Michael Jackson that may very well be the best EVER on the subject. –

    The book is called, “KEEP MOVING: The Michael Jackson Chronicles”. It’s a collection of articles on Michael Jackson written over the last 25 years. Published in the fall of 2009, the book is slowly earning praise from a variety of readers. If interested, Google the title for ordering information.

    Posted by thewowjonesreport | June 28, 2010, 7:41 am

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