I am all about those link posts. Denise’s review of Birth of a Nation is coming, but while we wait, here’s a list of opinions on whether or not to even go see it, given the controversy surrounding Nate Parker, the director, and the allegations that he and a friend raped a woman while still students at Penn State:
- Nate Parker gave an interview with 60 Minutes. He says he doesn’t feel guilty.
- Gabrielle Union discusses the complexities of being a survivor of sexual violence, starring in a movie involving sexual violence, directed by a man accused of rape.
- Roxane Gay won’t be seeing it. A lot of survivors of sexual violence feel the same way.
- Demetria Lucas D’Oyley at the Huffington Post “just can’t support ‘Birth of a Nation’“.
- Maiysha Kai from The Root wrote an open letter to Nate Parker, asking him to “to address the damage that lack of consent can do to young lives”.
- Britni Danielle at Ebony dissects a Q&A with Nate Parker that took place at the Merge Summit in LA earlier this year.
- The New Yorker asserts that the movie “isn’t worth defending”.
- NPR’s Code Switch did a whole show about this issue.
- Vulture had a round table debate about this as well.
- Time Magazine insists you should see it no matter how you feel about Nate Parker.
- Damon Young at Very Smart Brothas explains how Nate Parker’s rape accusations coming up now are not part of some larger conspiracy.
This is in no way a comprehensive list of discussion on the subject, but I think it’s a good start. I personally won’t be seeing it – will you?