With pivotal support from executive producers Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, “Precious”— the grim story of an illiterate, obese, abused black teen—prevailed at the box office this weekend with a record $1.8 million in limited release. Though most critics gave the “resoundingly hopeful” release two large thumbs up, dissenters say it just perpetuates negative stereotypes. Is “Precious” exploitative?

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