Fox Searchlight has launched a highly crafted campaign to explain why they gave $20 million to actor Nate Parker despite the fact that he played a role in a high profile gang rape case during his time as a student at Penn State. In addition, the co-writer of the film was CONVICTED in the case and only got off because the victim refused to testify during a re-trial after she tried to commit suicide.
Times have changed and the views on consent and sexual violence on college campuses have changed in the 17 years since Parker's alleged crimes.
Fox Searchlight has reached the point in their promotional campaign for Nate Parker's film, Birth of a Nation, where they try to convince the American people and OSCAR voters that the fact that Parker might have participated in what many would consider to be a gang rape does not preclude us from buying a movie ticket or nominating Parker for an OSCAR.
To be honest, OSCAR voters don't have a problem voting for sexual predators. They've done it repeatedly in the past.
The problem is that the marketing for Birth of a Nation relies almost entirely on sanctimony and Parker's moral authority. -- He has none. Not only because of what he did 17 years ago, but how he has decided to tap dance around the allegations as part of this public relations campaign TODAY.
He's brought his mother into this. He's hiding behind is daughters. He's hiding being his wife. He's using mealy mouth language to dance around the fact that he did things that many people would find morally repugnant even if a court of law decided that a prosecutor didn't meet the burden of establishing criminality. He's doing everything but apologizing to his victim and attempting to make amends.
Now Parker's defenders are attacking Black women who have a problem with Parker's failure to accept responsibility for his bad acts and DIRECTLY address his treatment of the victim in his case by calling us a "mob" or unfair. As if we have no reason to be disturbed by a man that waives his friends over so that they can engage is sex acts with an unconscious woman who eventually attempted suicide.
Parker's defenders would have us to believe that HE is the victim!!!
Don't fall for this mess!
Here is your response to Parker's deluded supporters: