Anyone got sources? Honestly, an entire article could be written about the controversy surrouding this film, and I wouldn't mind seeing one, because I personally am a little tired of African-Americans being portrayed as a bunch of chomping-at-the-bit people unable to see a woman of color being manhandled by a white man. As far as that man saying that this is akin to a Jewish woman falling into the arms of a Nazi officer who killed or helped to execute a family member. I don't know who wrote this statement, but it sounds like someone who was extremely ignornant and clearly subjective in their thoughts. She was the wife of a criminal; she was emotionally damaged by his execution; she had a menial job; and she related to a new man by falling into bed with him. I have also interviewed one of the screenwriters before stopping work. Ray Charles wasn't exactly a stand-up guy I thought the filmn was too kind to him and seriously inaccurate , but he was a real person; Denzel and Halle's characters were fictional. I also think it's important to point out the loss of her car as her inability to pay for the car's maintenance, as well as her house payments, were both discussed in the scene when she visits her husband in prison. The film has nothing to do with that part of their histories. The movie never addresses the validity of the execution, or the state of the convictions against the condemned man. Unfortunately, you didn't get it. I briefly interviewed two elderly black women exiting the multiplex theatre where Monster's Ball was being run in upstate New York. Instead, they say nothing of the kind happened, or that the criticism was overblown and or not to be believed or only confined to a 'small minority.