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Nate Parker was acquitted of rape charges in 1999. Should we separate the filmmaker from the art?
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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!

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Nate Parker was acquitted of rape charges in 1999. Should we separate the filmmaker from the art?
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Nate Parker talked with Variety about the incident. He admitted that he and Jean were accused of rape at Penn State in 1999. Nate says the sex was consensual, but the young woman said she was unconscious. He called the experience "painful." Many are torn about what to think.
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The woman who accused him of rape committed suicide in 2012. Nate claims he didn't know, and responded (again) in a lengthy Facebook post to her death and his past. He wrote: "These are my words. Written from my heart and not filtered through a third party gaze. Please read these separate from any platform I may have, but from me as a fellow human being. I write to you all devastated…
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He's devastated, but a woman took her own life. And some are saying, "so what if his career (and hence, art) is ruined?"
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There are so many who have questions about the charges and Nate's response, which has been criticized as typical of rape culture. His critics believe his lackluster answers are to only save face as Oscar buzz heats up. He could've responded better.
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Many are torn because Parker's voice and art have already done so much for Black Hollywood and the diaspora. But many of Black Twitter are not using his position to excuse his past actions or his response to his actions.
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Although some think he's trash, the acclaim around 'The Birth of a Nation' is not. Crappy people can make good art.
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His art is beautiful, but he might not be.
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Nate Parker might have ruined Nate Parker, but not the legacy of Nat Turner or possibly even the film.
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This is why you can't separate art from the artist. The actions and values of the artist are reflected in their work.
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Nate Parker was acquitted of rape charges in 1999. Should we separate the filmmaker from the art?
A festive crown for the winner
#ArtRuined
#ArtSeparate