How do the men react to Granny asking them to stop filming?

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In Toni Cade Bambara’s “Blues Ain’t No Mockingbird,” Granny is a force to be reckoned with, but the men stay persistent in their attempt to film her family and home. As the cameraman approaches Granny, he is already filming the farm, the children, and the “nice” things around the yard. He “buzzes” around telling her what nice things she has. Granny explains to him that she thinks about the people on the farm not the things, which stops his filming momentarily. The Smilin’ man arrives and the filming begins again. As soon as Smilin’ man says, “Mind if we shoot a bit around here?” Granny responds, “I do indeed.” Despite Granny’s protests, the filming continues and the men attempt to interview her for the film, which is met with a stony silence. As the men retreat, they continue to film.

Granddaddy Cain walks up to the farm while they are filming. Granny asks Granddaddy Cain to remove the men. Granddaddy Cain, in his quiet, strong way, grabs the camera, and the men are forced to stop filming for the county.

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