Should Gabrielle Union reject or promote 'The Birth of a Nation'? | The Tylt
Should Gabrielle Union reject or promote 'The Birth of a Nation'?
In the op-ed, Gabrielle wrote, "Since Nate Parker’s story was revealed to me, I have found myself in a state of stomach-churning confusion. I took this role because I related to the experience. I also wanted to give a voice to my character, who remains silent throughout the film. In her silence, she represents countless black women who have been and continue to be violated. Women without a voice, without power. Women in general. But black women in particular. I knew I could walk out of our movie and speak to the audience about what it feels like to be a survivor."
On one hand, Gabrielle is dedicated to raising awareness about sexual violence. But she's in solidarity with women, particularly Black women, who have faced or might face sexual assault. And since she's not taking light of the allegations against Nate, it's all the more reason why she should stand in solidarity with those who are rallying against the film.
Gabby took the role to raise awareness about sexual violence. And she can still do that! She can use the art to educate people about affirmative consent, and address both misogyny and toxic masculinity.