The Help became a controversial book this spring. A longtime family maid, Ablene Cooper, has complained that her story was used in the novel without her consent and the characterization is demeaning. She filed a lawsuit against the author in February of 2011, with her employer’s support. The complaint was widely reported, for example, in the New York Times and on ABC News.
New York Law School’s Program on Law & Journalism produces a blog, Legal Is As She Spoke, which has commented on the legal issues of the case.
With so much national and international coverage, opinions are flying. What is yours?