This is buzzing over on the WAOD Facebook Fan Page so I'm sharing on the blog as well-
Before you get on the bandwagon for Nate Parker's Birth of a Nation, read about his alleged involvement in a high profile sexual assault at Penn State. I'm unmoved by his interview with Deadline because it was part of a well-crafted campaign by his film distributor. He's only doing this now as to preempt questions during an OSCAR campaign.
I might have felt otherwise if he had addressed the issue earlier outside the context of a marketing campaign.
In other words, if they thought no one would make and issue out of it, he would not have said anything.
This appears calculating, controlling and manipulative.
He shouldn't worry about how this will affect his OSCAR chances. Hollywood doesn't have an issue with rewarding actual or alleged sexual predators. WAOD Fanpage
WAOD Readers Responded with additional disturbing details:
What's interesting is that he's not even proclaiming his innocent by saying he was falsely accused of rape. He just said he was acquitted. There is a difference. In Nate Parker's interviews it's almost as if he's dismissing these questions about the rape case as an after thought. We all know that rape cases are notoriously difficult to prosecute and get a conviction. What probably hurt the young woman's case was that she had previous sexual relations with Nate Parker. Either way, I will not be supporting this film. I'm tired of slave narrative pain porn films. My heart really goes out to the victim. I hope she was able to get some healing. Part of me really hopes she comes forward and is able to share her story and get support. In my gut I believe her. - WAOD Fan Page
Readers provided DISTURBING details from the trial transcript:
" At trial, the woman testified she was intoxicated, unconscious through much of the encounter and upset to find she had experienced unwanted sex with Parker — though she acknowledged having willingly engaged in oral sex with him during an encounter the day before. More, she said she was shocked on becoming briefly conscious to find in her mouth the penis of another man, who was later identified as Celestin.
Read a portion of the trial transcript here.
In a phone call taped without the permission of Parker or his roommate, the woman falsely claimed to be pregnant, in what she said was an attempt to get him to identify the third sexual partner in the room that night. The police later monitored a second call during which both Parker and Celestin generally admitted the sexual encounter but insisted it was consensual.
“I’m not try, trying to be mean, but, I felt like you put yourself in that situation, you know what I mean?” said Parker. “I really felt like I didn’t do anything wrong.”
Read a partial transcript of the call here.
At trial, a third man, Tamerlane Kangas, testified that Parker waved him and Celestin to join him when they spied Parker and the woman having sex in the bedroom. While Celestin accepted the invitation, Kangas declined, and left the apartment. He was not charged with any crime. “I didn’t believe that four people at one time was — you know, it didn’t seem right,” he testified."
S the other guy Tamerlane Kangas had enough sense to not have sex with an unconscious young woman but he didn't? Yeah I'm not buying it....He's gross - WAOD Facebook