Michael Reagan, son of 40th President Ronald Reagan, is calling Lee Daniels’ The Butler a “bunch of lies.”
The film, which purports to reflect the true story of a black butler who worked in eight presidential administrations, has already been shredded by Reagan historians for incorrectly painting the conservative icon as racially insensitive.
The inspiration for the film, Eugene Allen, appeared to have no malice toward the Reagans given his statements and choice of wall decor. The real Allen proudly displayed a photograph of the Reagans in his living room.
Now, it’s the president’s son’s turn to shred the film’s narrative.
Reagan lashes out at The Butler for distorting so much of Allen’s life for cheap dramatic effect but saves plenty of energy for attacking its dishonest portrayal of his father.
If you knew my father, you’d know he was the last person on Earth you would call a racist.
If Strong had gotten his “facts” from the Reagan biographies, he’d have learned that when my father was playing football at Eureka College one of his best friends was a black teammate.
Strong also would have learned that my father invited black players home for dinner and once, when two players were not allowed to stay in the local hotel, he invited them to stay overnight at his house.
Screenwriter Strong also might have found out that when my father was governor of California he appointed more blacks to positions of power than any of his predecessors — combined.