Seems like everyone has an opinion on whether or not Nate Parker still deserves support after past rape allegations have come to light again. Al Sharpton and Anthony Anderson are a couple of prominent figures who have come out in support of the actor and The Birth of a Nation director.
Per The Root, “Now, all of a sudden, they rediscover what they already knew,” said Sharpton while discussing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Harlem at the HQ of his National Action Network. “The way you kill the message is you try to smear the messenger.”
Sharpton also said it was the “right wing” media conducting this alleged campaign. It seems like plenty of liberal outlets, and Black Twitter, haven’t exactly been Team Nate Parker, though.
Anthony Anderson, who himself faced rape charges that were eventually dismissed due to the suspect story of the accuser, plans to watch Parker’s film.
“I think he’s a great guy and an excellent filmmaker, and a great actor. That’s what we should focus on, he recently told TMZ.
Can you still support The Birth of a Nation despite the murky rape allegations (despite Parker’s acquittal)? There lies the rub.
It it really a conspiracy theory to stop The Birth of a Nation from flourishing, or are people fed up with rape culture no matter the circumstance?
Let us know what you think in the comments.