Ever since the rape case featuring Nate Parker from 1999, there has been everything from reports of people wanting to stop the movie from seeing the light again, Fox Searchlight standing beside Parker and moving forward with the film anyway and conspiracy theories of this being a set up.
But despite the negative coverage, Parker continuities to face this issue head on and in a recent interview with Ebony, he turned it i to a teachable moment about the word “consent”,
“Let me be the first to say, I can’t remember ever having a conversation about the definition of consent when I was a kid. I knew that no meant no, but that’s it. When you’re 19, a threesome is normal. It’s fun. When you’re 19, getting a girl to say yes, or being a dog, or being a player, cheating. Consent is all about–for me, back then–if you can get a girl to say yes, you win.”
The alleged incident took place when Parker was a student at Penn State where he and a friend Jean Celestin, also developer and co-writer on Birth of a Nation, had sex with classmate who was heavily intoxicated. Parker maintains the sex was 100% consensual and was cleared from all charges in court. Since then, the young lady involved took her own life. This situation has many people questioning weather to support the film not.
Through many conversations that Parker has had, he states that he has become hyper-conscious of male privilege,
“All I can do is seek the information that’ll make me stronger, that’ll help me overcome my toxic masculinity, my male privilege, because that’s something you never think about. You don’t think about other people. It’s the same thing with White Supremacy. Trying to convince someone that they are a racist or they have White Privilege–if it’s in the air they breathe and the culture supports them, sometimes they never have to think about it at all. I recognize as a man there’s a lot of things that I don’t have to think about. But I’m thinking about them now.”
Are you going to see A Birth of A Nation?