12 Years a Slave was released in the U.S. on October 18, and so far the movie has made nearly $9 million. The film has received glowing reviews and Oscar buzz. While many are celebrating the film and think others should as well, some see this film as another setback for the African-American community.
With similar criticism as The Butler, 12 Years a Slave is under scrutiny from Black film critics for continuing the theme of slavery films. Many accused the creators of 12 Years a Slave for taking “slavery film fatigue” to another level. Slavery film fatigue is when the emphasis of slavery or oppression is stressed to make whites or people of a higher power feel guilty or sorry for a minority group. Film critics, consumers, and even social networking users have expressed that they are tired of Hollywood filmmakers only portraying African Americans in stories about slavery and would like to see Black people in more positive roles or at least roles that deal with current situations we are facing.