It's important to remember that the events depicted in 12 Years a Slave are still happening today. Slavery didn't end with the Civil War or the Emancipation Proclamation. It was outlawed, but not ended.
Log Cabin Republicans aren't the only ones Frank offended with this insensitive comparison. "Uncle Tom" is a racially loaded slavery reference, and his decision to use it here was entirely inappropriate.
The story maker penetrates our skulls and seizes control of our cognitive and emotional machinery. Here are some examples of stories that have changed the world--in big ways and small, in good ways and bad.