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Eugene Allen Speaks – Hear From The Real Butler Of The White House (Video)

Eugene Allen Speaks - Hear From The Real Butler Of The White House (Video)

I wasn’t aware that this documentary featuring Eugene Allen, whose life Lee Daniels’ The Butler is based on, existed.
Courtesy of Smithsonian magazine, in 1994, Smithsonian Folkways released a documentary titled Workers At The White House, which included interviews with White House staff, including, of course, Eugene Allen. 
The film was directed by Dr. Marjorie Hunt, curator for the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and was produced in conjunction with the Folklife Festival.

If you’d like to purchase the documentary, you can find it on the Smithsonian Folkways DVD titled White House Workers: Traditions and Memories. Click HERE to buy. It’s $15 a copy.

I’m surprised that they aren’t fully exploiting the release of Lee Daniels’ film and re-releasing their documentary, maybe on blu-ray, or even VOD, with a new campaign, touting it as must-see footage of the real butler, and charging $30 for it! 

Below you’ll find 3 clips from the documentary, featuring Eugene Allen talking about his career, as well as recalling moments with Presidents Carter and Reagan.

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Comments

AudraMi

I haven't been bamboozled by Lee Daniels. I will not pay a penny to see this crap. I have shared every piece of media that I could find telling people of the gross and vulgar liberties Daniels took to create Lee Daniels The Butler. Yet, many ascribe to me "Hatin'" instead of informing them to truth. Lee Daniels the Butler should be called Lee Daniels' Downtown Abbey – The Chocolate City White House Mashup. Because this is historical fiction at it's best.

FactChecker

Thank you, Tambay, for making us aware that this important piece of our history is available to us to view, absorb, study, and understand.

Miles Ellison

"I'm surprised that they aren't fully exploiting the release of Lee Daniels' film and re-releasing their documentary, maybe on blu-ray, or even VOD, with a new campaign, touting it as must-see footage of the real butler, and charging $30 for it!"

Maybe the studio was afraid people would watch this instead.

CareyCarey

Now see, this ain't easy. I mean, every time I try to say I am sorry something gets in my way. I don't know, maybe it's an ego thang or a "men don't cry" thang, but until I saw these clips, Danny Strong and Lee Daniels had jacked my image of the real Eugene Allen. So if you could, could somebody bring Lee and Danny to my doorstep. I am not going to pat them on their backs or call them dirty name, I'm just going to pimp-slap the shit out of their ass and demand my money back.

That's right, I feel used and abused so I should get some type of compensation, shouldn't I? Damn, my dumb ass was up in here defending their ass like I was a black puppet on the hoe stroll. So now I have to tell Tanya Steele that I am sorry for being so rough and so stupid in my comments to her (The post "Oprah's butlers — Lee Daniels and Tyler Perry").

Listen, Tanya said she was mad and angry at the butler, and now I'm pissed off too. It's a damn shame what Lee, Danny and the Weinsteins did to this man, and me. Shit, they had me thinking the man walked like Fred Sanford and had an IQ lower than step-n-fetchit's. Hell, now I'm sure they fked over his wife too. So Sergio, get your buddy on the phone, it's kickin' ass time.

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