Nate Parker was acquitted of rape charges in 1999. Should we separate the filmmaker from the art? | The Tylt
Nate Parker is garnering acclaim for The Birth of a Nation. He stars as Nat Turner, who led a slave rebellion in 1831. He directed and co-wrote the film with Jean Celestin, a college friend with whom Nate faced rape charges at Penn State in 1999. Nate was acquitted. Many are blasting him, but others are torn over whether to separate his art from his very problematic past. Read the opinions below and vote!
Nate Parker was acquitted of rape charges in 1999. Should we separate the filmmaker from the art?
He could've said: "I didn't understand consent at 19 the way I do at 36 -- and I'm grateful what we all know now will benefit my daughters."— stacia l. brown (@slb79) August 15, 2016
Then he used his wife, mother, daughters, and sisters to deflect. But he never said he was falsely accused. Probably bc he wasn't.— stacia l. brown (@slb79) August 15, 2016
And it makes sense, if he "wants to get ahead" of the narrative pre-Oscars (which:gross),you do it by being anti-rape and anti-rape-culture.— stacia l. brown (@slb79) August 15, 2016
I'm having a fascinating time with my cognitive dissonance with Nate Parker's past and how strong his voice has been for the Black community— Mrs. Grotke (@__BHB__) August 15, 2016
Emphasizing the Black. This is one of them I imagine some men (and some women) may be thinking "well that was a long time ago people change"— Mrs. Grotke (@__BHB__) August 15, 2016
Nate Parker is a reminder that you can be trash and make a good product. Your talents should not stop someone else from receiving justice— Susie Carmichael (@VoyageToBisa) August 15, 2016
Im so torn about their Nate Parker situation. Some of the most beautiful art comes from the darkest moments. That thing that urges is.— €Ɩeopatra ʝoɳe$ (@pennystackhouse) August 17, 2016
Not going to go so far as to say that Nate Parker has "ruined" the story of Nat Turner. Because Turner existed and will exist beyond Parker.— imaniSundjata❂ (@Peacekeepurwar) August 17, 2016